Woman seeks to decrease $1.92M fine

July 7, 2009 10:42:49 AM PDT
Attorneys for a central Minnesota woman ordered to pay $1.92 million for illegally sharing copyright-protected music are asking a federal judge to reduce the damages she must pay, or grant a new trial. Last month, a federal jury ruled 32-year-old Jammie Thomas-Rasset willfully violated the copyrights on 24 songs, and that she must pay the recording industry $80,000 per song.

Her attorneys said Monday this amount is "grossly excessive." They are asking a judge to reduce the damages to a total of $18,000, or to grant a new trial altogether, saying some evidence shouldn't have been allowed at trial.

This was Thomas-Rasset's second trial in the case. In 2007, a different jury ruled she had to pay $222,000.


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