Less than 24 hours after the RIAA announced that 261 people would be slapped with lawsuits for illegally downloading music, one of them has settled.
Manhattan resident Sylvia Torres, who was sued for copyright infringement by the Recording Industry Association of America, settled with the organization for $2,000, according to an RIAA spokesperson.
Only Sylvia Torres said she wasn't the one who put more than 1,000 copyrighted songs, unlawfully obtained through Kazaa, up for grabs from the family computer's hard drive — it was her 12-year-old daughter.
"We understand now that file-sharing the music was illegal," Torres said in a statement issued by the RIAA. "You can be sure [my daughter] Brianna won't be doing it anymore."
In the press conference held Monday (September 8) to announce that the lawsuits had been filed, RIAA President Cary Sherman forecasted situations in which the recipient of the lawsuit may not necessarily be the one committing the crime. He said that the message that file-sharing was illegal and punishable would nonetheless be heard (see "RIAA Files First Round Of Lawsuits Against Subpoena Targets").
"I am sorry for what I have done," the seventh grader said in the statement. "I love music and don't want to hurt the artists I love."
The RIAA obtained Torres' name and address by issuing a subpoena to her Internet service provider, which could only surrender information on the subscriber. Often the subscriber may not be the offender, especially in the case of minors.
Torres' settlement comes in direct opposition to statements she made to New York's Daily News Monday. She told the paper she thought the lawsuit was "ridiculous" and vowed to get a lawyer to fight it.
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