Woman to pay US$1.5m for illegally downloading songs

5 Nov 2010

A jury has ordered a single mother of four children in the US state of Minnesota to pay $1.5m for illegally downloading two dozen songs.

A jury recently found Jammie Thomas-Rasset liable of copyright infringement for using KaZaA peer-to-peer file-sharing network to download the songs online.

She was ordered to pay US$62,500 for each of the 24 songs, a total of US$1.5m.

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) welcomed the verdict.

“We are again thankful to the jury for its service in this matter and that they recognised the severity of the defendant’s misconduct,” the RIAA said in a statement.

“It is our hope that she finally accepts responsibility for her actions.”

In December 2008, the RIAA said it will stop suing people who download music illegally and focus instead on getting internet service providers to take action.