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File-sharing damages drastically reduced

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.

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Downloading defendant rejects settlement; third trial looming on damages?

A trade group representing the major music labels said Wednesday it will reject a reduced penalty for a central Minnesota woman found guilty of sharing 24 songs over the Internet, and will instead begin preparing for another trial to determine new damages. The Recording Industry Association of America made the decision after attorneys for Jammie Thomas-Rasset rejected an offer from RIAA attorneys to settle. It will be the third time the case, which dates back to 2006, will see trial in a federal courtroom in Minnesota.

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