Woman Fights Music-Sharing Verdict

Plans to appeal $222K fine for putting 24 songs on Kazaa P2P service
By John Barley,  Newser User
Posted Oct 9, 2007 12:49 AM CDT
Woman Fights Music-Sharing Verdict
Jammie Thomas of Brainerd, Minn., right, leaves the federal courthouse with her attorney, Brian Toder of Minneapolis after the jury returned a verdict against her on the third and final day of her civil trial for alleged music pirating through illegal sharing of song files in Duluth, Minn., Thursday,...   (Associated Press)

Ordered to pay $9,250 for each of 24 illegally shared songs, a 30-year-old Native American single mother has decided to appeal the judgment against her in a copyright infringement case, her lawyer announced in a CNN interview. A jury determined last week that she owed a total of $222,000 to the music labels they believed were damaged by her use of the Kazaa file-sharing network.

PC World reports the verdict could be a sign of more to come, as the RIAA, the umbrella group representing the music industry, has filed more than 20,000 lawsuits against individuals for alleged infringement. A website established for supporters to help Jammie Thomas with legal expenses had collected $957 as of Monday. (More Kazaa stories.)

Get the news faster.
Tap to install our app.
Install the Newser News app
in two easy steps:
1. Tap in your navigation bar.
2. Tap to Add to Home Screen.