Thursday, October 04, 2007

Record Companies Sue Minnesota Woman Over Music Downloads

This may or may not change some of the record labels and how they do business in the future. Downloading has been a blessing and a nightmare for them since it began in the 1990's.
~C.S. Webbspun

Now read the story and decide which side you believe to be right...

The recording industry won a key fight Thursday against illegal music downloading when a federal jury found a Minnesota woman shared copyrighted music online and levied $220,000 in damages against her.

Record companies have filed some 26,000 lawsuits since 2003 over file-sharing, which has hurt sales because it allows people to get music for free instead of paying for recordings in stores.

This was the first such case to go to trial. Many other defendants have settled by paying the companies a few thousand dollars.The jury ordered Jammie Thomas, 30, to pay the six record companies that sued her $9,250 for each of 24 songs they focused on in the case. They had alleged she shared 1,702 songs in all.

Read the entire story in the Tennessean newspaper.

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