Music Pirate Ordered to Pay $222,000
Jammie Thomas-Rasset has been ordered to pay record companies $222,000 for wilful copyright infringement.
The ruling came from a federal appeals court which reversed a lower court’s ruling on the lawsuit.
The three judge panel decided that Chief U.S. District Judge Michael Davis was wrong to reduce the fine to $54,000.
Thomas-Rasset has been ruled against by three separate juries since she was sued by the music industry in 2006.
In one instance she was ordered to pay $1.5 million which Judge Davis ruled as being “severe and oppressive.” However, the appeals court said that it was not unreasonable and said that she must pay the amount of $222,000 as set in the original trial.
Thomas-Rasset says that she can’t afford to pay and plans to appeal.
In the trial evidence was presented that Thomas-Rasset shared over 1,700 songs over the file sharing service Kazaa, however, the lawsuit was only targeting 24 songs.
A statement from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) said that they are “pleased with the appellate court’s decision and look forward to putting this case behind us.”
The appeals court noted that for tactical reasons the RIAA remained content with the original ruling of $222,000 and did not pursue the third jury’s award of $1.5 million.