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#40138 - 09/09/03 09:17 PM RIAA Sues 12-year old girl for stealing music.
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The RIAA has nailed one of the most prolific file-traders in the U.S., filing a lawsuit against 12-year-old Brianna LaHara.

When not at the playground with her friends, "Biggie Brianna" is trading music files from her home in New York. The little girl received one of the 261 lawsuits filed by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) on Monday, according to the New York Post. She may look like a sweet and innocent child, but the RIAA says it's only going after major copyright violators at the moment. So you make the call.

"I got really scared. My stomach is all turning," Brianna told the Post. "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?"

It turns out that Brianna's mum paid a $29.99 service charge to KaZaA for the company's music service. Brianna, however, thought this meant she could download songs at will. How naive!

When reporters charged into Brianna's home, she was helping her brother with some homework. She is an honors student at St. Gregory the Great school.

Brianna could face charges of up to $150,000 per infringed song. but we have a feeling this might be a tad unrealistic. We suggest the RIAA take all of her toys instead.

"Nobody likes playing the heavy and having to resort to litigation," RIAA president Cary Sherman said in a statement. "But when your product is being regularly stolen, there comes a time when you have to take appropriate action."

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#40139 - 09/09/03 11:43 PM Re: RIAA Sues 12-year old girl for stealing music.
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Crazy!

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#40140 - 09/09/03 11:50 PM Re: RIAA Sues 12-year old girl for stealing music.
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Lol... chem, be sure to include links!
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#40141 - 09/10/03 02:39 AM Re: RIAA Sues 12-year old girl for stealing music.
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Boy, that makes me wanna go out and buy CDs now. Gotta back the organization that sues little girls

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#40142 - 09/10/03 04:27 AM Re: RIAA Sues 12-year old girl for stealing music.
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#40143 - 09/10/03 11:29 AM Re: RIAA Sues 12-year old girl for stealing music.
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Yeah RIAA are using scare tactics.. but what they don't realise in doing this people are becoming anti-riaa having people scared of the riaa won't boost their sales.. and won't line their fat pockets, Downloading will never be stopped and even it does by some miracle it won't boost the riaa's sales.
There are lots of people out there willing to donate to the 12 yr old girl.. just to put a message out there.
this is so yesterday though
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#40144 - 09/10/03 03:01 PM Re: RIAA Sues 12-year old girl for stealing music.
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maybe the RIAA knows this. Maybe they've got smart and realized sueing people makes more money than sales.
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#40145 - 09/12/03 09:46 PM Re: RIAA Sues 12-year old girl for stealing music.
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She also lives in a housing project. Check out the related New York Post story at The Register.
SR, it's simple economics really: why charge $2.00 a song when you can charge $150,000?

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#40146 - 09/27/03 01:42 PM Re: RIAA Sues 12-year old girl for stealing music.
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Pirating is like hacking, everyone except the darkest of newbz understands that it's illegal.

We accept the risks for our own reasons.

Not to defend the bloated corporate swine-dlers in ANY way, but I assume they are only (out of convenience no doubt) targeting major offenders...

.oO For about $2 I can rip, burn, scan and reprint the label and insert, stamp it, and share all I want... and nobody can track me. Suck that, RIAA!!! [bj] Oo.
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#40147 - 09/27/03 10:14 PM Re: RIAA Sues 12-year old girl for stealing music.
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see, thats what the disturbing smilies are for!
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#40148 - 09/29/03 06:22 PM Re: RIAA Sues 12-year old girl for stealing music.
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Well i dont really see the point in them sueing some little girl or her mom, i mean its all just suposed to scare the rest of us into not downloading or sharing music any more, but what do they thingk? i mean do they believe that by sueing a whole bunch of random people is going to stop music downloaders to stop? I believe that music pracy will never stop and they cant control it, they should just give up, they arent doing ne good.
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#40149 - 09/29/03 06:25 PM Re: RIAA Sues 12-year old girl for stealing music.
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and yes i do hate spell chek lol
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