An American woman has been fined £109,000 for making 1,702 music files available to share online from her home computer.
Jammie Thomas, 32, from Minnesota, had contested the charges, which led to the large fine being accumulated. Normally law-suits against file sharers end with a fine of a few thousand pounds.
It is likely that the fine, which will be distributed among various record companies, will mean that around a quarter of Thomas’ income for the rest of her life will go towards paying it off.
Richard Gabriel, the prosecuting lawyer, said, “This does send a message, I hope, that downloading and distributing our recordings is not OK.”
Around 26,000 illegal downloaders and file-sharers have been sued by record companies worldwide so far.