In Brief

After deciding not to sue a 42 year old mother of five because she had created publicity about her case in the national press, the record industry has successfully sued her 20 year old daughter. Somehow in its death throws, the record industry has persuaded a judge to order Michelle Santangelo, to pay $750 for each of the 41 songs she is accused of downloading illegally — a total of $30,750.

After deciding not to sue a 42 year old mother of five because she had created publicity about her case in the national press, the record industry has successfully sued her 20 year old daughter. Somehow in its death throws, the record industry has persuaded a judge to order Michelle Santangelo, to pay $750 for each of the 41 songs she is accused of downloading illegally — a total of $30,750. The New York Times reports:

Michelle Santangelo is the oldest of five children of Patricia Santangelo, who became a defendant in the battle against illegal downloading. When the elder Ms. Santangelo, 42, of Wappingers Falls, N.Y., was sued in 2005 by five record companies, she said she had never downloaded music. If her children did, she said, the file-sharing programs, not the parents, should be blamed.

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