|Back in 2011, Thomas-Rasset (at right) told us she viewed the RIAA's lawsuit as "a shakedown" and "extortion."|
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Thomas-Rasset, the so-called "download martyr" who was the subject of a City Pages cover feature back in February 2011, was sued in 2005 by a group of large music labels for illegally downloading a set of songs including Def Leppard's "Pour Some Sugar on Me," Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'," Richard Marx's "Now and Forever," and Green Day's "Basket Case." As we told you about in some of our followup coverage, the penalty in her case has fluctuated wildly from ruling to ruling -- from $220,000 to $1.92 million to $54,000 to $1.5 million back to $54,000 and then finally back to $220,000 thanks to a U.S. Court of Appeals decision.