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Whacked $1.9M for downloads

July 7, 2009
Unbelievable as it sounds, a federal jury in Minnesota ordered a woman to pay $1.92 million for violating copyrights on 24 songs she illegally shared. Thatâ??s $80,000 per song.

Jammie Thomas-Rasset today asked a judge to knock the penalty down to a total of $18,000 or to offer her a new trial.

She could have avoided the ordeal by paying about $24 to do download the songs legally.

Still, whatâ??s a reasonable fine?
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