How to avoid getting sued by the RIAA
schaffer at optonline.net
Tue Sep 9 14:03:49 MDT 2003
on Fox News, of all places:
NEW YORK - The music industry has turned its big legal guns on
Internet music-swappers - including a 12-year-old New York City
girl who thought downloading songs was fun.
Brianna LaHara said she was frightened to learn she was among the
hundreds of people sued yesterday by giant music companies in
federal courts around the country.
"I got really scared. My stomach is all turning," Brianna said last
night at the city Housing Authority apartment where she lives with
her mom and her 9-year-old brother.
"I thought it was OK to download music because my mom paid a
service fee for it. Out of all people, why did they pick me?"
The Recording Industry Association of America (search) - a
music-industry lobbying group behind the lawsuits - couldn't answer
"We are taking each individual on a case-by-case basis," said RIAA
spokeswoman Amy Weiss.
"Nobody likes playing the heavy and having to resort to
litigation," said Cary Sherman, the RIAA's president. "But when
your product is being regularly stolen, there comes a time when you
have to take appropriate action."
okay, Mr. Sherman.
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