Crackdown on illegal music downloaders - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Crackdown on illegal music downloaders

Six computer users in the Mid-south have been sued by the Recording Industry Association of America for illegally downloading music. It's a Federal Crime that many people don't think about. More than forty five hundred suits have been filed against people downloading music but not paying for it.

Laura Kyle thinks those who steal music deserve to be caught, "There are people who create the music and the composers and all should get a profit."

It's actually pretty easy to track down those breaking the law. Investigators browse illegal trading sites then they track users with their IP address, every computer has one and no two are the same. Then they serve a warrant to internet providers to get the computer users name and then they sue the downloaders. Maybe it was your kids downloading the music. Doesn't matter, the person paying for the internet service is held responsible.

That's something Laura Kyle didn't know, "Are you surprised they'd hold you responsible? Yeah. Why? Because he's on the internet all the time, i'm not watching him 24/7."

A statement from the RIAA said, "…whether or not you are the actual infringer or not, if you control the environment where infringement occurred, you can be held responsible for the infringement under the law."

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