In what should serve as another stark warning to students about the repercussions of illegally sharing music online, a replay of the nation's first file-sharing case to go to trial has ended with the same result, finding a Minnesota woman to have violated music copyrights and ordering her to pay hefty damages to the recording industry.

A federal jury ruled June 17 that Jammie Thomas-Rasset willfully violated the copyrights on 24 songs and awarded recording companies $1.92 million, or $80,000 per song.

Thomas-Rasset's second trial actually turned out worse for her. When a different federal jury heard her case in 2007, it...

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