The RIAA has been ordered by a judge Feb. 7 to pay the attorney fees of a defendant targeted in the association's file-sharing lawsuit campaign.

The case against the defendant, single mother Debbie Foster, was dropped last year when it was determined that Foster's daughter was the one trading songs even though her name listed as the Internet account's owner. Supported by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, The ACLU and the American Association of Law Libraries, Foster countersued.

This is the second blow to the RIAA's lawsuit strategy, following its loss in the RIAA v. Santangelo case. However the organization shows no sign of halting its efforts. Just a day after the ruling, the RIAA filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against a 23-year-old Maine man for sharing all of five songs. He faces a penalty of $750 per song.

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