The closely watched case is a watershed because it's the first to apply copyright-law standards to illegal downloaders. "The record industry wants to use this case to scare people into settling," says Thomas-Rasset's attorney, Joseph Sibley, who has asked a federal court for a new trial. The industry has sued more than 26,000 people since 2003 for illegal downloading, most of whom have settled for around $3000 apiece...arguably a small price to pay for keeping your love of Hootie & The Blowfish a secret.
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