posted on Sep, 12 2003 @ 01:55 PM
Industry Group Pays Child's RIAA Fine
Pick pirates more carefully, peer-to-peer organization tells music labels.
Linda Rosencrance, Computerworld
Thursday, September 11, 2003
P2P United, a newly formed industry trade association, says it will pay the $2000 fine imposed on 12-year-old Brianna LaHara by the recording industry
for illegally downloading music from the Internet. The fine was the result of a settlement reached Tuesday between the Recording Industry Association
of America and the girl's single mother.
But the executive director of the Washington, D.C.-based P2P United, Adam Eisgrau, says the RIAA should pick on someone its own size, not a little
girl who downloaded songs like "If You're Happy and You Know It, Clap Your Hands."
He is also calling on the RIAA to abandon its campaign and stop going after children and grandparents--one RIAA target is a 71-year-old grandfather.
Eisgrau contends the RIAA is taking its legal action because it fears technology and is unable to embrace it.
The RIAA couldn't be reached for comment.