A federal judge has fined a Connecticut woman $6,000 for lack of response to an RIAA lawsuit accusing her of downloading copyright-protected music from the Internet.

A federal judge has fined a Connecticut woman $6,000 for lack of response to an RIAA lawsuit accusing her of downloading copyright-protected music from the Internet.

Jennifer Brothers of Andover was among thousands of people named in lawsuits filed last year by the RIAA.

Court documents indicate Brothers never accepted a copy of the suit and never filed a response with the court. The fine came when she failed to appear for a hearing last week and U.S. District Judge Janet C. Hall found Brothers to be in default.

Some 2,500 suits have been filed nationally within the past year as the industry attempts to protect itself from downloads and file-sharing.

Brothers told the Connecticut Post Wednesday (May 5) that the only indication she had that a suit might be filed was a letter she received a month ago from a California lawyer who claimed to represent Arista Records.

Brothers said she had never received any notice of the suit from the federal court or from Connecticut lawyers handling the case.

"It think this is very unfair because I had no idea when I downloaded the music that I was doing anything wrong," Brothers said. "And after I got that letter I immediately stopped downloading off the Internet."


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