Downloading Music

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The recording industry has started taking action against computer users who illegally download music on the Internet.

But they may not always reach the people who are actually sharing the copyrighted material.

An Associated Press survey found a father, a grandfather and an apartment roommate targeted by the music industry because their names were tied to an account someone else used for downloads.

The industry issued subpoenas to force Internet providers to provide account information associated with users who were sharing music.

Court records show the Recording Industry Association of America has issued more than 900 subpoenas so far, and lawyers say they'll file several hundred lawsuits in the next two months. Copyright laws allow for damages of $750 to $150,000 for each song.