Judge Lowers Copyright Penalty Of Minnesota Woman
January 22, 2010 at 12:21 PM (PT)
A U.S. district court has lowered the imposed damages for JAMMIE THOMAS-RASSET, the MINNESOTA woman who a jury last year found liable for copyright violations, reports CBS NEWS.
"The need for deterrence cannot justify a $2 million verdict for stealing and illegally distributing 24 songs for the sole purpose of obtaining free music," wrote Chief Judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of MINNESOTA MICHAEL DAVIS,
A federal jury in MINNESOTA found THOMAS-RASSET liable for copyright infringement lat SUMMER. and had ordered her to pay $1.9 million. DAVIS has changed that -- and ordered THOMAS-RASSET to pay $54,000 or $2,250 per song.
The RIAA was not immediately available for comment