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Santangelos settle with RIAA after long battle

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 29 Apr 2009 20:21 User comments (6)

Santangelos settle with RIAA after long battle Patricia Santangelo, a mother of five, has been involved in a legal battle with the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) since 2005. Originally, Patricia herself was accused of downloading and sharing songs from artists such as Michael Jackson, using the Kazaa P2P client. Patricia denied it and it became pretty obvious quickly that she simply did not have the knowledge required to share music at the time.
The RIAA eventually dropped the case against her, but decided to sue two of her children, Michelle and Robert, aged 20 and 16 at the time. It said that Michelle had admitted piracy in a deposition and that Robert had been implicated by a family friend. They denied wrongdoing. However, since both are now in college and feel that the case is holding them back, they agreed to pay $7,000 in damages.

They paid half the amount April 20 and are to make six payments of $583.33 by October. "We are pleased to have reached an agreement with the Santangelos," Cara Duckworth, spokeswoman for the RIAA. She didn't give any information on how much the RIAA spent to reach a $7,000 settlement, but did say: "We don't break out costs per case, and it's not a question of it being 'worth it' or a 'victory.'"

Jordan Glass, a lawyer for the Santangelos, said that the record labels never expected someone like Patricia to fight off a lawsuit, since they, "billions of dollars of corporate power, legal intellect, experience, and she had nothing." "This was preventing the kids from moving on," he said. "Sometimes you reduce the damages so much it's time to call it quits."

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129.4.2009 21:09

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The RIAA eventually dropped the case against her, but decided to sue two of her children, Michelle and Robert, aged 20 and 16 at the time. It said that Michelle had admitted piracy in a deposition and that Robert had been implicated by a family friend. They denied wrongdoing. However, since both are now in college and feel that the case is holding them back, they agreed to pay $7,000 in damages.
dumb kids...
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229.4.2009 21:23

Greedy Bastards.

I hope that the Hammer of God strikes down these evil corporate bastards.

330.4.2009 2:20

They should tell them to piss off and not pay a single cent!

430.4.2009 2:50

"We don't break out costs per case, and it's not a question of it being 'worth it' or a 'victory.'"



translation:
We spent an arm and leg and looked like an amorous monkey with a greased football but we got some money from our valued consumers.

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 30 Apr 2009 @ 2:51

530.4.2009 6:49

students expected to pay $530 a month on top of living costs and tuition fees.

Hope these multimillionaire execs. artists and lawyers are happy when they can't continue their education

630.4.2009 21:53
llongtheD
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It just goes to show you how broken our legal system is. Cases like this are no longer decided in the realm of rationality, but by petty laws dreamed up by corporations and trial lawyers. Does anyone with an IQ above 35 actually believe the RIAA actually lost $7,000 dollars from the alleged uploading of this music? I hope those grease balls are proud of themselves. How do they sleep at night?

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 30 Apr 2009 @ 21:54

If your fish seems sick, put it back in the water.

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