Single mother Jammie Thomas fined $220,000 for music file sharing
A single mother who took a stand against America?s biggest record companies over music piracy was fined $220,000 (?108,000) yesterday.
Jammie Thomas, a Native American from Minnesota, is one of 26,000 people whom the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has sued over the past four years for alleged use of music ?file-sharing? software.
The 30-year-old made legal history after refusing to pay an out-of-court settlement, as all others challenged over their behaviour before her had done, but her failure to carry the case is likely further to embolden the music industry in its attempts to protect copyright.