Yesterday, a 32-year-old woman from Minnesota was found guilty of illegally downloading 24 songs. In a suit brought forth by the Recording Industry Association of America, the woman has been fined $80,000 per track, totaling $1.9 million.
A federal jury found the woman, mother of four Jammie Thomas-Rasset, guilty of downloading songs from artists such as Linkin Park, No Doubt and Gloria Estefan.
This was the woman's second time on trial. In the first trial, she was found guilty but the case was thrown out and a retrial was ordered by the judge due to an error in the wording of jury instructions.
Thomas-Rasset's attorney, Joe Sibley, was reportedly shocked at the size of the fine. Not only was the fine significantly smaller in Thomas-Rasset's first trial in 2007 ($220,000), but the songs in question were on sale for only 99 cents.
He told CNN they plan to appeal the decision.
According to Timesonline, the RIAA has sued thousands of people for illegally downloading or sharing music, but most settle for $3,000 to $5,000. Thomas-Rasset refused to settle and instead went to court.
An RIAA spokesperson, Cara Duckworth, was quoted as saying the Association was "pleased that the jury agreed with the evidence and found the defendant liable."
"We appreciate the jury's service", she said. "And that they take this as seriously as we do."
No further comment has been made by either party.