In a high profile case in the US, a jury has found a single mother of four guilty of illegally downloading 24 songs from the internet and ordered her to pay a total of $1.5m.
The woman from Minnesota, Jammie Thomas-Rasset used the KaZaA peer-to-peer file sharing network to download the songs, and has been fined $62,500 for each infringement.
This is the third successful jury decision for the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), who since 2003, with the assistance of the major music companies, have filed lawsuits against up to 35,000 people for online piracy.
The RIAA changed their strategy in 2008, to focus on getting Internet Service Providers to take action against those individuals who download music from the Internet illegally.
In June of last year Thomas Rasset was ordered to pay $1.92 million in total to six different recording companies for illegal download of 24 songs.
Music companies have said that they will become more active in litigation against Internet Service Providers in the future and less against individuals in their fight against illegal downloads.