Kadin2048 writes: "Earlier today, a group of recording companies won the first file-sharing lawsuit to go before a jury. Jammie Thomas, of Brainerd, Michigan, was ordered to pay the companies $222,000 in damages for sharing 24 songs via the Kazaa network. The verdict creates an unfortunate precedent for future cases: the plaintiff did not have to prove that anyone ever downloaded the songs in question, only that they were 'made available' to the Internet generally. Also, they did not have to prove that Thomas ever had the Kazaa program installed on her computer — they only had to show that it was an IP address assigned to her that made the songs available. There is no word yet on whether she plans to appeal the decision."