RIAA Orders Woman to Pay $222,000 for Illegal File Sharing

Published: 2007-10-05
The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is a record label lobbying organization and have recently accused a woman named Jammie Thomas of file sharing over 1700 songs illegally over the currently non-operational peer-to-peer file sharing system Kazaa.

The lawsuit said that Thomas violated the Digital Millennium Copyright Act by distributing songs for free belonging to the record labels. ABC reported that in order for the judge to find Thomas guilty, the RIAA needed to prove that the files were made available on Kazaa, not that they were copied, which many lawyers have said was a mistake on the judge's part. Thomas, is a 30-year-old mother of two and is the first of 26,000 people sued by the record industry whose case has gone to trial.

Writer: Soul Shine Staff



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