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Poinsett County Resident One of Three Arkansans Targeted for Downloading Music from Internet

SEPTEMBER 7, 2004 - Posted at 7:15 a.m. CDT

 

LITTLE ROCK, AR - At least three Arkansans have been targeted in lawsuits over the downloading of music from Internet sites.  The Recording Industry Association of America filed 744 copyright infringement lawsuits last month, on top of 506 in July.  One of the lawsuits was against Rosemary Winford of Conway.  She said she didn't know that her sons had downloaded hundreds of songs from file-sharing Web sites.

The recording industry was forced to go directly after computer users when a federal appeals court ruled that file-sharing programs are not legally liable for the piracy.

The industry likely learned Winford's name by filing suit against "John Doe," and having a judge direct her Internet service provider to release her name and address.

Others sued last month include Terry Newton of Stuttgart and Honey Ward of Trumann.

The recording industry says most lawsuits are settled for about $3,000, with the money going to the association's education programs.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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