Minnesota woman Jammie Thomas-Rasset is accused of downloading and sharing 24 songs via Kazaa (remember Kazaa?).
The latest development in the six-year-old case in a victory for the Recording Industry Association of America, public relations aside. According to Rolling Stone, a U.S. appeals court rejected Thomas-Rasset’s argument that the $9,250 per song fine was excessive and violated her due process rights.
Thomas-Rasset is one of 18,000 people the RIAA sued between 2003-2008 in attempt to discourage file sharing. Originally accused of downloading 1,700 tracks, that number was eventually reduced to just 24. In a series of trials, mistrials, and court orders, her total penalty has jumped between $222,000, $1.92 million, and $54,000 before returning to the original amount.