Music Piracy Fine Slashed; Original Fine Labeled as “Monstrous”

A music piracy case fine of 1.92 million dollars was slashed down to 54,000 dollars after a judge found the original amount as “shocking and monstrous.”jammie-thomas

US District Court Judge Michael Davis said that the fine imposed by a jury to Jammie Thomas-Rasset was simply too harsh for a single mother of four. She was found to have pirated about 2,000 songs from the Kazaa peer-to-peer file-sharing network but was charged for only 24 of them. The fine means she has to pay 80,000 dollars for each song.

The slashed fine, which Davis described as “significant and harsh”, will require the mother to pay 2,250 dollars per song. Six companies will be the recipient of the payments. They are:  Capitol Records, Sony BMG Music, Arista Records, Interscope Records, Warner Bros. Records and UMG Recordings.

Joel Tenenbaum, a Boston University student, meanwhile, has a similar case. He is ordered to pay 675,000 dollars. He violated music copyrights for 30 songs. He is now hoping that his fine would also be slashed like that of Thomas-Rasset.