US, Record Cos. Fight Piracy Damages Appeal In High Court

Law360, New York (February 12, 2013, 8:02 PM EST) -- Both the U.S. government and the recording industry urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday not to take the case of a woman hit with $222,000 in statutory damages for illegally downloading music, an award she has claimed is unconstitutionally severe.

In December, Jammie Thomas-Rasset asked the high court to set aside the Eighth Circuit's decision to stick her with the damages, which a jury originally levied after finding that she had illegally downloaded 24 copyrighted songs on the now-defunct Kazaa peer-to-peer network.

In her petition...
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