12 year old sued by the RIAA for downloading music!

The music industry has turned its big legal guns on Internet music-swappers - including a 12-year-old Upper West Side 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 on West 84th Street 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?"

Brianna's mom, Sylvia Torres, said the lawsuit was "a total shock." "My daughter was on the verge of tears when she found out about this," Torres said.

The family signed up for the Kazaa music-swapping service three months ago, and paid a $29.99 service charge.

Usually, they listen to songs without recording them. "There's a lot of music there, but we just listen to it and let it go," Torres said.

News source: Slashdot

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This is going to be very interesting to see this play out. Not everyone is savvy on the net. I know for a fact not everyone understands the legality of the situation with music downloads. There are too many ignorant people. On top of that, they paid for a service from Kazaa. If you goto there web site they even advertise the downloading of music, movies etc and you pay them there fee for the gold version. Now how can the lame user who does not understand all of this, be held responsiable for this?

RIAA shot thereself in the foot, and the 12 year old willl be played out to show how flawed this direction is. sad thing is this poor 12 year old is going to be used further dragging her in the stress of the situation.