19 Jun 2009

Ordered to pay $3 million for downloading 24 songs

5:07 pm on 19 June 2009

In a high-profile digital piracy case, a United States jury has ordered a woman to pay almost $3 million in damages for illegally downloading 24 songs.

Jammie Thomas-Rasset, a 32-year-old single mother of four from Minnesota, was found liable for using a peer-to-peer file-sharing network to download the songs over the internet.

She has been ordered to pay the money to six record companies.

Most suits against the thousands of people illegally downloading and sharing music have been settled for up to $12,000.

Thomas-Rasset was among the first to refuse a settlement, choosing instead to let the case go to court.