Intellectual Property

Woman Who Downloaded Music Files Loses Appeal

Fined $9,000 per track

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An American woman from Minnesota accused of sharing songs online will have to pay for her passion for downloading. A Federal appeals court has ruled she owes record companies $222,000 for willful copyright infringement.

The industry presented evidence that Jammie Thomas-Rasset made available over 1,700 songs to other computer users via the file sharing service Kazaa, though the lawsuit targeted only 24 songs.

The woman's case appears to be one of only two lawsuits to go to trial out of more than 30,000 filed by the recording industry, The Associated Press reported.