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Music industry agrees not to hang pirate mother

Goes for her kids instead
Fri Dec 22 2006, 08:31
PIRATE HUNTERS have backed off from a high-profile piracy case launched against an IT illiterate mother of five.

According to Associated Press, the recording industry has dumped the case against Patti Santangelo, who the Judge in the case said did not know her Kazaa from her kazoo.

Lead counsel, Richard Gabriel told the court that the record companies still believe they could win damages against Santangelo but their preference was to chase her kids instead.

Santangelo refused to settle with the record companies and pleaded her case in newspapers and on national TV. She said that if her kids downloaded music files without her knowing, it shouldn't be her that has to pay up.

It looks like the pirate busters agreed.

The record companies claim that Santangelo's 20-year-old daughter, Michelle, and 16-year-old son, Robert, had downloaded and distributed more than 1,000 recordings. They have the daughter's admission and a statement from the son's mate as evidence, they claim. µ


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