ONE 32-year-old has learnt the crimes of copyright the hard way, by being told by a US court that she owes US recording companies $US1.92 million ($2.39 million).
The Minneapolis federal jury came down hard on mother of four Jammie Thomas-Rasset for the 24 songs downloaded - iTunes may have asked for a little more than $US1 a song, but the Minneapolis court demanded $US80,000 a piece.
Still, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Thomas-Rasset is full of heart, and appears ready to fight the big boys all the way on the decision. "The only thing I can say is 'Good luck getting it from me'," she said after hearing the decision.
The result comes following much hard work by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) which has already raised more than 30,000 suits against alleged file-sharers. Thomas-Rasset is the first case to get far enough off the ground to reach the judgment of a jury trial. Needless to say, the RIAA wants to make sure this decision remains swinging in their favour.