Judge Reduces Penalty in Downloading Case
A federal judge in Minnesota has reduced the penalty imposed on a Brainerd woman for illegally sharing 24 songs online from $1.5 million to $54,000. U.S. District Judge Michael J. Davis says in a ruling on Friday that the penalty of $62,500 per song imposed by a jury last year was appalling and unreasonable. He reduced the penalty to $2,250 per song.
Attorneys for Jammie Thomas-Rasset had argued the $1.5 million judgement violated the due process clause of the U.S. Constitution because the penalty had no reasonable relationship to the damage caused.
The recording industry sued Thomas-Rasset in 2006 for illegally sharing music on the file-sharing site Kazaa. Three juries have ruled against her, but the case has seen multiple appeals.