Information Week: “A Minnesota woman fined nearly $2 million for illegally downloading music has seen the fine reduced from that ‘monstrous’ amount by a U.S. District Court judge who dropped the fine to $54,000. Jammie Thomas-Rasset, a single mother with four children, said she is seeking a way to have the fine — leveled after she lost a case with the Recording Industry Association of America — reduced even further. . . . In his opinion, Judge Michael Davis said, ‘The need for deterrence cannot justify a $2 million verdict for stealing and illegally distributing 24 songs for the sole purpose of obtaining free music’.”
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