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Sunday, November 05, 2006

Stupid has friends

2 Sued for Downloading Over 1,000 Songs

The Associated Press
Thursday, November 2, 2006; 2:54 AM

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Patricia Santangelo wouldn't concede in her fight with record companies that accused her of pirating songs over the Internet. Now the companies are hoping for an easier tussle against her kids.

Five record companies, represented by the Recording Industry Association of America, filed a lawsuit in federal court in White Plains on Wednesday against Santangelo's son and daughter.

It said Michelle Santangelo, 20, has acknowledged downloading songs on the family computer and that her brother, Robert, 16, had been implicated in statements his best friend made. It accuses the two of downloading and distributing over 1,000 songs, including "Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)" by the Offspring, "MMMBop" by Hanson and "Beat It" by Michael Jackson.

"In short, each of the defendants participated in the substantial violations of plaintiffs' copyrights at issue and then concealed their involvement, standing idly by as Patricia Santangelo repeatedly protested their innocence and chastised plaintiffs for filing allegedly frivolous litigation," the complaint said.

The Santangelos' lawyer, Jordan Glass, disputed the recording industry's allegations and said he was at Michelle Santangelo's deposition and does not recall her "admitting or acknowledging downloading."

Do they really want this going to court? Do they really think she has the money to settle?

I think the RIAA's lawyers need to learn from the Divx case. You don't sue people who are willing to fight. This woman will make them look like shit in the media, guaranteed. Even if you win, you lose.

posted by Steve @ 8:33:00 AM

8:33:00 AM

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