Woman May Get New Trial in File-Sharing Conviction

Judge says he gave faulty instructions
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 16, 2008 10:55 AM CDT
Jammie Thomas of Brainerd, Minn., left, leaves the federal courthouse with her attorney after the jury returned a verdict against her in civil trial for alleged music pirating    (AP Photo/Julia Cheng)
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(Newser) – The judge who presided over America's first music file-sharing trial might call for a do-over, the AP reports. A Minnesota mom was penalized $222,000 for illegal dowloads last fall, but the judge has since discovered that he may have issued faulty jury instructions. That's because a 1993 ruling said a copyright is broken only when copies are disseminated—and it doesn't appear proof of that was presented.