A federal jury in Minnesota ruled yesterday that Jammie Thomas-Rasset willfully violated the copyrights on 24 songs, and awarded recording companies a huge level of damages: $1.92 million, or $80,000 per song.
This was the second trial for Thomas-Rasset and increased the damages from a $220,000 judgment to $1.92 million. There appears little chance that the a 32-year-old mother of four could ever pay off the massive award.
The file-sharing verdict is part of the scorched earth approach of the RIAA.
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