Woman who illegally downloaded copyrighted songs owes $220K

Woman who illegally downloaded copyrighted songs owes $220K

A Minnesota woman’s fight with the recording industry over her illegally sharing copyrighted songs is finally over.

The Supreme court has denied the petition of Jammie Thomas-Rasset to hear her case, leaving Thomas-Rasset to pay $222,000 to an industry group.

The five-year-long case started in 2007 when the Recording Industry Association of America accused Thomas-Rasset of sharing 1,700 copyrighted songs. After the case’s initial filing, the RIAA reduced the number of songs to 24 and the jury rendered a$222,000 verdict in the case.

fter multiple appearances and decisions in court — which included the original decision being thrown out for a technical error and then a retrial that led to a verdict of $1.92 million instead of the $222,000 award — the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit reinstated the original $222,000 in September.

Faced with the decision, Thomas-Rassetdecided to petition the Supreme Court, but the court declining to hear the case means she has run out of choices.

The 35-year-old grandmother told The Associated Press she can’t afford to pay:

There’s no way that they can collect…Right now, I get energy assistance because I have four kids. It’s just the one income. My husband isn’t working. It’s not possible for them to collect even if they wanted to. I have no assets.

The RIAA, of course, is glad to see the case end and says a settlement isn’t out of the question.

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