For the second time in two years, a federal appeals court has rejected an attempt by a former Boston University graduate student to escape paying $675,000 for illegally downloading 30 copyrighted songs.
After three separate verdicts and more than five years of litigation, file-sharing defendant Jammie Thomas-Rasset has appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.
An award of $222,000 against a defendant who illegally downloaded 24 copyrighted songs was constitutional, the 8th Circuit has ruled in reversing judgment.
A $675,000 jury verdict against a student who illegally downloaded 30 songs from the Internet was left standing by the U.S. Supreme Court, which declined to take the matter up.
A judge could not reduce a copyright verdict against a music downloader on constitutional grounds without first addressing the defendant’s motion for remittitur, the 1st Circuit has ruled in reversing judgment.
Due process limited the copyright infringement damages that could be awarded against a music downloader to three times the statutory minimum, a U.S. District Court in Minnesota has ruled in reducing a $1.5 million jury verdict to $54,000.
After two losing trials, music downloading defendant Jammie Thomas-Rasset is facing a third trial on damages.
A U.S. District Court judge in Massachusetts has reduced by 90 percent the damages that must be paid by a graduate student accused of using file-sharing software to download and distribute 30 copyrighted songs.
Just days after a U.S. District Court reduced the verdict against her from $1.92 million to just $54,000, a downloading defendant has rejected a settlement offer from the record labels.