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Girl, 12, Settles Piracy Suit for $2,000

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by mental invalid, Sep 10, 2003.

  1. mental invalid

    mental invalid Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: May 11, 2001 Messages: 13,050 Likes Received: 8
    WASHINGTON - A 12-year-old girl in New York who was among the first to be sued by the record industry for sharing music over the Internet is off the hook after her mother agreed Tuesday to pay $2,000 to settle the lawsuit, apologizing and admitting that her daughter's actions violated U.S. copyright laws.



    The hurried settlement involving Brianna LaHara, an honors student, was the first announced one day after the Recording Industry Association of America (news - web sites) filed 261 such lawsuits across the country. Lawyers for the RIAA said Brianna's mother, Sylvia Torres, contacted them early Tuesday to negotiate.


    "We understand now that file-sharing the music was illegal," Torres said in a statement distributed by the recording industry. "You can be sure Brianna won't be doing it anymore."


    Brianna added: "I am sorry for what I have done. I love music and don't want to hurt the artists I love."


    The case against Brianna was a potential minefield for the music industry from a public relations standpoint. The family lives in a city housing project on New York's Upper West Side, and they said they mistakenly believed they were entitled to download music over the Internet because they had paid $29.99 for software that gives them access to online file-sharing services.


    Even in the hours before the settlement was announced, Brianna was emerging as an example of what critics said was overzealous enforcement by the powerful music industry.


    The top lawyer for Verizon Communications Inc. charged earlier Tuesday during a Senate hearing that music lawyers had resorted to a "campaign against 12-year-old girls" rather than trying to help consumers turn to legal sources for songs online. Verizon's Internet subsidiary is engaged in a protracted legal fight against the RIAA over copyright subpoenas sent Verizon customers.


    Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., also alluded to Brianna's case.


    "Are you headed to junior high schools to round up the usual suspects?" Durbin asked RIAA President Cary Sherman during a Senate Judiciary hearing.


    Durbin said he appreciated the piracy threat to the recording industry, but added, "I think you have a tough public relations campaign to go after the offenders without appearing heavy-handed in the process."


    Sherman responded that most people don't shoplift because they fear they'll be arrested.


    "We're trying to let people know they may get caught, therefore they should not engage in this behavior," Sherman said. "Yes, there are going to be some kids caught in this, but you'd be surprised at how many adults are engaged in this activity."
     
  2. mental invalid

    mental invalid Dirty Dozen Crew

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    "You can be sure Brianna won't be doing it anymore."


    ahahahaha, jesus man strong arming a fucking 12 year old....
     
  3. crave

    crave Veteran Member

    Joined: Jan 20, 2002 Messages: 6,728 Likes Received: 10
    that's pretty fucking sad. i'm sure the family had 2 grand just laying around. what the fuck..
     
  4. Swiffer Jet

    Swiffer Jet Elite Member

    Joined: Jul 14, 2003 Messages: 2,669 Likes Received: 0
    Rapid Eye - Stealing Beauty (Ronald van Gelderen Remix)

    pfff
     
  5. mental invalid

    mental invalid Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: May 11, 2001 Messages: 13,050 Likes Received: 8
    bumpski for gestapo tactics
     
  6. metallix

    metallix Elite Member

    Joined: Oct 7, 2001 Messages: 2,955 Likes Received: 1
    advanced weaponry:

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    boycott riaa products. do not buy cd's. ever.
     
  7. fr8lover

    fr8lover Elite Member

    Joined: Oct 22, 2000 Messages: 3,919 Likes Received: 1
    absolutely rediculous.

    they turned her into yet another kid disenfranchised about the government and the US in general.

    if i had seen this in a sitcom 10 years ago i wouldnt have believed someone could think it up.
     
  8. Overtime

    Overtime Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: Apr 22, 2003 Messages: 13,986 Likes Received: 311
    you know for fuckin sure they knew it was illegal, i mean, with all the news and shit about it, they knew it was illegal, none of this "we didnt know" bullshit, but they shoulda gotten other people first. But hey, kazaa use has dropped 25% since they started this kinda shit
     
  9. Santa Claus

    Santa Claus Senior Member

    Joined: Dec 23, 2000 Messages: 1,496 Likes Received: 0
    for a company that claims to be for the artists, they sure are a money grubbing bunch of assholes

    americas new low, i'd say

    i've done zero research on this and i was wondering if anyone knows where this money is going? that $2000 they stole back from that family.....is it going towards the musicians themselves? or the even more frightening record labels?
     
  10. Dr. Dazzle

    Dr. Dazzle Veteran Member

    Joined: Nov 19, 2001 Messages: 8,147 Likes Received: 3
    Shit like this reminds me why I'm glad I live in Canada......
     
  11. sneak

    sneak Guest

    i read about this in the news.
    i laughed so hard i actually fell of my chair. what the fuck is sueing a 12year old going to accomplish?
     
  12. BIGBLUE

    BIGBLUE Senior Member

    Joined: Jul 4, 2003 Messages: 1,667 Likes Received: 0
    this wouldn't happen if I was the m*ther f*ckin ..gUVNA!

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  13. ModelCitizen

    ModelCitizen Guest

    I think the goal is to scare parents into monitoring what their kids are doing when they go online. Obviously no 12-year-old is going to be responsible for 2 grand, so the parents assume the burden of dealing with it, and the media coverage helps at setting an example.
     
  14. Dick Quickwood

    Dick Quickwood 12oz Loyalist

    Joined: Aug 25, 2002 Messages: 14,783 Likes Received: 14
  15. thetrooper

    thetrooper Member

    Joined: Jul 13, 2003 Messages: 280 Likes Received: 9
    Agreed.
     
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