Jammie Thomas-Rasset, a resident of Brianerd, Minnesota, may now be regretting not paying 99 cents each for the 24 songs she illegally downloaded over the Internet before! Because now, the court wants her to pay $80,000 for each song - all of them summing up to $1.92 million! This is actually the second trial for the 32 year old mother of four when another federal jury ordered her to pay up $222,000 for violating music copyrights in 2007.
The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) accused Jammie Thomas for the illegal file sharing of 1,700 songs by Gloria Estefan, Sheryl Crow, Green Day, Journey and other recording artists. The proof was found when they identified Jammie's computer hooked up with a peer-to-peer network Kazaa - under the screen name "tereastarr". Jammie Thomas-Rasset acknowledged that "tereastarr" was indeed her because she used that nickname for years in her e-mails and MySpace page. This news report might just scare off other file sharers today as the recording industry claims that it loses millions of sales each year because of illegal downloads and file sharing!