High Court Won't Review Music Downloading Fine

Law360, New York (March 18, 2013, 3:57 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday it wouldn't weigh in on the question of whether $222,000 in statutory damages was an unconstitutionally severe punishment for a woman who illegally downloaded 24 copyrighted songs.

The high court denied a petition for writ of certiorari from Jammie Thomas-Rasset, who was trying to set aside a jury's verdict against her for pirating music on now-defunct peer-to-peer network Kazaa. The Eighth Circuit upheld the verdict in September, and both the federal government and the record industry had urged the justices...
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