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NY Post: 12-Year-Old Sued for Music Downloading

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By Dennis Lloyd

Publisher, iLounge
Published: Tuesday, September 9, 2003
News Categories: Digital Media

“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?’”

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Comments

1

Serves her right, ignorance in this instance is no excuse what so ever, especially using Kazaa!

The thing people don’t realise or want to understand the potential amount of songs this lass has downloaded. It isn’t one or two otherwise the RIAA wouldn’t have gone after her would they :rolleyes:

Posted by docevi1 on September 9, 2003 at 9:37 AM (PDT)

2

She was paying a $30/month fee to Kazaa for the service.

Posted by Nuclear Monk on September 9, 2003 at 10:01 AM (PDT)

3

kazaa is like THE most baddest p2p if your worried about getting caught, especially she’s such an idiot for paying for it too

Posted by ti on September 9, 2003 at 10:02 AM (PDT)

4

Get a grip people, she is 12 years old!!

Posted by pbox on September 9, 2003 at 10:04 AM (PDT)

5

so what, she should know better

Posted by ti on September 9, 2003 at 10:09 AM (PDT)

6

Christ sake!  You lot are total morons!

RIAA Should rot if F*****G hell.

Record industory brought to it’s knees by online file swapping!  HA!  Try getting some of your brain dead “artists” to release something WORTH buying!

Posted by Stimpy on September 9, 2003 at 10:42 AM (PDT)

7

Maybe i should sue my neighbors 9 year old kid for letting his dog crap in my yard!
He just got a new bike for his birthday.  Real nice one too.

RIAA your the best

Posted by scrins on September 9, 2003 at 12:18 PM (PDT)

8

“Maybe i should sue my neighbors 9 year old kid for letting his dog crap in my yard!
He just got a new bike for his birthday. Real nice one too.
RIAA your the best
By scrins on Sep 09, 03 2:18 pm”

lol that is so random it is funny

Posted by knarf135 on September 9, 2003 at 12:27 PM (PDT)

9

Yeah, I have to admit those first comments sidding with the recording industry are pretty sick.  Seriouslly, this is a 12 year old.  It’s sick, and embarising.

I couldn’t belive they were actually going through with it.  I thought the RIAA was going to say it was a mistake.  It’s perveted they are going after a 12 year old, because they lost control of their industry, because they refused to evolve their primary business model, because they hurt their reputation (partly with paltry royalties to artists), and because of their conflicting business models (album sales VS broadcast licenses conflict with each other).

Even still, going after a prolific file-sharer is one thing.  A 12 year old who in all likely-hood did not fully understand the law, is a completely different thing.  If this garners enough news spots, this is a very bad PR move on the RIAA part.  Another example of their shinning example of mis-management.

Posted by drdestiny on September 9, 2003 at 1:16 PM (PDT)

10

Their just a bunch of idiots with nothing better to do.  I hope some hackers can mess up their webpage again.  Damn fools..

Posted by Amin on September 9, 2003 at 4:34 PM (PDT)

11

Greed is a sin.

Posted by mahdi on September 9, 2003 at 5:35 PM (PDT)

12

It might help their sales also if they put out some decent music for a change

RIAA…Why didn’t we think of that? This guys a genious..“Hire him”

Glad you liked the joke Knarf 135

Later

Posted by scrins on September 9, 2003 at 5:45 PM (PDT)

13

Shouldn’t the girls Mother be sued? After all, she was the one who subscribed to Kazaa in the 1st place.

Posted by cozzie on September 9, 2003 at 8:22 PM (PDT)

14

Hmm that’s right it is the mother’s responsibility for what the child is doing. So yea it should transfer to the mother, maybe not, but that’s what I’m thinking. I mean, come on if you’re downloading tons of music for free, and you know that you can buy it from so many stores (Walmart??) how can you not know that it’s illegal to download it online? It’s simple logic (I’m talking about the mother here).

Posted by kainjow on September 10, 2003 at 2:57 AM (PDT)

15

RIAA SUCKS those artists have enough money

Posted by Brian Landrigan on September 10, 2003 at 11:35 AM (PDT)

16

It’s not the artists who are getting the money.

A lot of artists make more money from concerts than their CDs, even though their CDs reach so many more people.

Posted by drdestiny on September 10, 2003 at 4:23 PM (PDT)

17

The girl was “sued” which means the mother pays for it….. and I believe it was $2000…..

Posted by fred on September 11, 2003 at 4:15 PM (PDT)

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