Woman Fined $1.9 Million for Illegal Downloads

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illegal-downloadA federal jury today found a 32-year-old Minnesota woman guilty of illegally downloading music from the Internet and fined her $80,000 each – a total of $1.9 million – for 24 songs. Jammie Thomas-Rasset’s case was the first such copyright infringement case to go to trial in the United States, her attorney said. Attorney Joe Sibley said that his client was shocked at fine, noting that the price tag on the songs she downloaded was 99 cents. She plans to appeal, he said.{CNN/Matzav.com Newscenter}



  1. This is ridiculous. It does show that money controls the legal system. That is precisely why I don’t feel badly about downloading as much tunes I can. She paid for eveyone who ever downloaded. It should be free now to get any songs on the web. They got their moneyout of one for all.

  2. Maybe you don’t realize but for every illegal down loaded song the song writers players and businesses loose money it is stealing. You can listen however unless it explicitly tells you that you can download it free it is illegal

  3. The song writers and bands lost little to no money from downloads. They make most of thier money through touring and merchandise. It’s the record companies who lose money. I don’t care much about them…lol…

  4. This is totally insane – the VERY WORST they should do is just take her friggin computer! 1.9 million?!? Thank you very much for ruining her life, the RIAA look like a bunch of greedy people
    . Great job, guys! This is the equivalent of rewarding that woman for scalding herself with McDonald’s hot coffee – totally frivolous, waaaaaay excessive ridiculousness in the court system.

  5. It’s always instructive to see how people justify stealing. Why should artists of any type invest any money in producing music, movies, or anything else if people can easily steal it?
    It’s only 99 cents….it’s only a little treyf–it’s not pork, and the storeowner looks Jewish….shabbos is over already in 15 minutes so I’ll use the phone now, after all Shabbos is already over in Israel…so what if he marries a shiksa, by the Reform the kids will be Jewish anyway–at least she’s kind of looks Jewish…


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