29
Jun
08

12-Year-Old Sued for Music Downloading

clipped from www.foxnews.com

12-Year-Old Sued for Music Downloading
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?”

TheRecording Industry Association of America (search)— a music-industry lobbying group behind the lawsuits — couldn’t answer that question.

“We are taking each individual on a case-by-case basis,” said RIAA spokeswoman Amy Weiss.

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