03/28/2008 02:45 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Minnesota Woman Must Pay Recording Companies $222K In Music Download Suit

A 30-year-old Duluth, Minn., woman must pay six record companies $222,000 for violating copyright by downloading songs illegally and then sharing them through Kazaa, a federal jury has ruled in the first such lawsuit to go to trial.

The AP says Jammie Thomas, a single mother of two children, must pay each company $9,250 for each of 24 shared songs. The companies had alleged she shared a total of 1,702 songs. Thomas testified she did not have a Kazaa account, which allows peer-to-peer sharing.

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