Duluth, Minn. – In her third trial on copyright infringement
charges for sharing 24 songs online, a jury has ordered Jammie Thomas-Rassett
to pay $1.5 million in damages, or $62,500 per song. In the previous trial, the
judge reduced a jury award of $1.92 million to $54,000, calling the amount
"shocking"; both sides appealed that amount, which eventually led to
a third trial solely on the matter of damages.
"We are again thankful to
the jury for its service in this matter and that they recognized the severity
of the defendant’s misconduct," the Recording Industry Association of
America (RIAA) said in a statement.
"Now with three jury decisions behind
us along with a clear affirmation of Ms. Thomas-Rasset’s willful liability, it
is our hope that she finally accepts responsibility for her actions."
likely that Thomas-Rassett’s attorneys will once again argue for a reduction of
the damages, having previously deemed them "unconstitutionally
Additionally, the judge in the case has already determined
that $54,000 should serve as the maximum damages award in this particular case,
Copyrights & Campaigns notes.
(Copyrights & Campaigns)