Thursday, March 4, 2010

Paying the piper


Why don't they go after the folks who put up the sites which allow the kids to download the songs?  Especially if they "advise" kids that its perfectly legal?

Downloaded songs could cost S.A. woman $40,000
By Guillermo Contreras - Express-News 
Of all the songs Whitney Harper of San Antonio downloaded from online file-sharing networks, the one that could best sum up the college student's situation now is Hanson's “Save Me.”

A federal appeals court that covers Texas has ruled the 22-year-old must pay a total of $27,750 to five music companies for 37 copyrighted songs she accessed through Kazaa and similar sites when she was a teenager.

Last week's opinion by a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a lower ruling that awarded the five recording companies $200 for each of the songs. The appeals court said Harper instead must pay $750 for each song.

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