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$1.5 million ruling for 24 downloads

Nov. 5, 2010 at 5:13 PM

MINNEAPOLIS, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- A Minnesota mother was ordered by a jury to pay $1.5 million to the Recording Industry Association of America for illegally downloading and sharing 24 songs.

Jammie Thomas-Rasset was ordered to pay the sum, $62,500 for each illegally downloaded song, by a Minneapolis court after two previous convictions were thrown out on appeal, the New York Daily News reported Friday.

Thomas-Rasset was ordered to pay $222,000 following a 2007 trial but the decision was declared a mistrial upon appeal.

She was next ordered to pay $1.92 million in a June 2009 trial, but the judge lowered the amount to $54,000. The RIAA offered to settle for $25 million, but Thomas-Rasset instead appealed the decision and ended up on trial a third time.

Experts said Thomas-Rasset, who makes less than $40,000 per year, is likely to file another appeal, claiming the decision was unconstitutional.

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