RIAA Wins Suit Against Mother4 Oct, 2007 By: Chris Tribbey
The Recording Industry Association of America and several record companies on Oct. 4 won the first case ever to go to trial where someone was accused of sharing copyrighted music online, the Associated Press reported.
Jammie Thomas, a 30-year-old mother of two, was ordered by the jury in the Duluth, Minn. trial to pay $220,000 in damages, the AP reported. While record companies have filed roughly 26,000 lawsuits over sharing music over the Internet, most of those accused have settled for a few thousand dollars, according to the AP.
Thomas was ordered to pay six record companies more than $9,000 each for 24 songs the companies went after her for in the three-day trial.