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Legendary File-Sharer Loses Another Legal Battle, Fined $1.5 Million

jammie thomas-rassetJammie Thomas-Rasset has endured a long legal battle with the recording industry ever since she was accused of illegally downloading files in 2006. Her case took another turn for the worse yesterday, after a Minneapolis jury decided -- in her third trial -- that she was liable for $1.5 million in copyright infringement damages to Capitol Records. The Minnesota woman was ordered to pay the exorbitant sum as legal compensation for 24 songs she downloaded and shared four years ago, at $62,500 per song.

"We are again thankful to the jury for its service in this matter and that they recognized the severity of the defendant's misconduct," the RIAA said in a statement. "Now with three jury decisions behind us along with a clear affirmation of Ms. Thomas-Rasset's willful liability, it is our hope that she finally accepts responsibility for her actions." Thomas-Rasset, however, is expected to appeal yesterday's ruling before Michael Davis, the chief judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota. "We intend to raise our constitutional challenge again before Judge Davis," Thomas-Rasset's attorney, Kiwi Camara, told CNET in a statement. "The fight continues."

Absurd as the decision may sound, Thomas-Rasset probably has a pretty good chance of getting her fine reduced. Davis, after all, is the same judge who compassionately reduced her previous copyright infringement verdict from $1.92 million to $54,000. One thing that the woman probably won't do, however, is settle out of court. Following Davis's ruling earlier this year, the RIAA offered to settle for just $25,000, on the condition that Davis's decision -- in which he called the original fine "monstrous and shocking" -- be stricken from the record. Thomas-Rasset and her lawyers quickly rejected the offer, reiterating their determination to whittle the fine down to $0. It seems, then, that the "fight" really will wear on.

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