Blame it on the boogie

Blame it on the boogie

03 March 2012 By Lawyers Weekly

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…

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).

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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.

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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.

Blame it on the boogie
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