Pirates beware!Downloading music without paying for it can cost you big money. Last month, the music industry sued 261 people who allegedly lifted copyrighted songs from the Internet. The industry promises many more such lawsuits.
"We're trying to let people know they may get caught, therefore they should not engage in this behavior," Cary Sherman Cary H. Sherman is currently the President of the Recording Industry Association of America.
He graduated from Cornell University in 1968, and Harvard Law School in 1971. References
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Recording companies blame computer users and music file-sharing networks, such as iMesh.com and KaZaA, for a 30 percent drop in music sales worldwide. Musicians are also losing income because of the downloading craze.
Legal experts--and many music fans--argue that the lawsuits will not stop people from swiping songs off the Internet. But Brianna LaHara Brianna LaHara (born 1991) is a girl from New York who was sued by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on September 8, 2003 for allegedly distributing music via the Internet which led to massive public outcry against the RIAA. , 12, says that she learned her lesson after being hit with a lawsuit.
"I am sorry for what I have done," said the honors student An honors student is a student in elementary, middle, or high school recognized for achieving high grades.
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City (pop., 2000: 8,008,278), southeastern New York, at the mouth of the Hudson River. The largest city in the U.S. . Brianna's mother had to pay $2,000 to settle the suit for copyright infringement (violation). "I love music," Brianna added, "and don't want to hurt the artists I love."