Woman Fights Music-Sharing Verdict

Plans to appeal $222K fine for putting 24 songs on Kazaa P2P service
By John Barley,  Newser User
Posted Oct 9, 2007 12:49 AM CDT
Jammie Thomas of Brainerd, Minn., right, leaves the federal courthouse with her attorney, Brian Toder of Minneapolis after the jury returned a verdict against her on the third and final day of her civil...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Ordered to pay $9,250 for each of 24 illegally shared songs, a 30-year-old Native American single mother has decided to appeal the judgment against her in a copyright infringement case, her lawyer announced in a CNN interview. A jury determined last week that she owed a total of $222,000 to the music labels they believed were damaged by her use of the Kazaa file-sharing network.

PC World reports the verdict could be a sign of more to come, as the RIAA, the umbrella group representing the music industry, has filed more than 20,000 lawsuits against individuals for alleged infringement. A website established for supporters to help Jammie Thomas with legal expenses had collected $957 as of Monday.