It's a bad day for Jammie Thomas, the first person to take a music piracy case to court in the United States. The Minnesota woman accused of music piracy by the Recording Industry of America.
The jury in the case declared the mother of two guilty of sharing music, and she has been fined $9,250 for each of 24 shared songs that were the subject of the lawsuit, amounting to $222,000 in penalties.
That's a lot of money to have to pay for sharing!
According to Wired.com:
Thomas maintained that she was not the Kazaa user "Tereastarr," whose files were detected by RIAA's investigators. Her attorney speculated to jurors that she could have been the victim of a spoof, cracker, zombie, drone and other attacks.
"This is what can happen if you don't settle," the attorney for the record companies, Richard Gabriel, ominously said.
It is expected that the ruling will make huge record companies profitable again and result in the end to internet piracy of protected media...oh, wait, no it won't.