Music Downloading Suits

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A music industry group has filed suit in federal court against 24 Alabamians, including an Alexander City hairstylist whose daughter downloaded hundreds of songs on the Internet.

The suits are among nine-thousand-900 filed against individuals since 2003 by the Recording Industry Association of America on behalf of member companies.

The lawsuits accuse people of using the Internet or an online media distribution system to download copyright recordings without paying to distribute them to the public.

The suit against Vickey Goss of Alexander City alleges that hundreds of songs were downloaded on her computer. Goss was unaware of the downloads by her daughter, then 17, according to her attorney.

Goss's offer to settle the case for 400 or 500 dollars was rejected. U-S copyright laws allow for damages of 750 to 30-thousand dollars for each song illegally downloaded on a person's computer.

A spokeswoman for the industry group said three of the nine lawsuits filed in Montgomery-based federal court have been settled. She said two of nine people sued in Mobile and one of six sued in Birmingham have settled.

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