A federal judge has granted a new trial to a Minnesota woman convicted of pirating music files, ruling that he made an error in his jury instructions that "substantially prejudiced" her rights. The judge also implored Congress to change copyright laws to prevent excessive awards against individuals in similar peer-to-peer file-sharing network cases. Jammie Thomas was convicted last October in the first-ever file-sharing trial and ordered to pay $222,000 to six record companies.
Judge Grants New Trial in Landmark File-Sharing Case
The Associated Press
September 25, 2008