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BPI warns parents of fines for piracy

updated 12:15 pm EST, Wed December 21, 2005

BPI warns parents of fines

The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) today warned parents that giving digital music players--such as Apple's iPod--as gifts puts them at risk of being fined large sums if their children illegally download pirated tracks. The BPI points to a suggesting that half of the music which will be played on the devices will come from websites that breach copyright laws. Record labels in Britain have successfully pursued hundreds of cases against illegal downloaders, forcing some individuals to pay fines of up to 6,500. In one case, a mother was fined 2,500 after her 19-year-old son shared 1,330 songs using the family computer, according to a report from Times Online. A spokesman from the BPI said "We expect MP3 players to be a very popular gift this Christmas. It is essential that parents acquire the knowledge to make sure their children stay the right side of the law when they go online to get music to play on them."

by MacNN Staff




  1. eswinson

    Joined: Dec 1969


    following this logic

    99% or motor vehicles will be used to exceed the posted speed limits. less than 1% ever get caught.

    I don't think anyone has ever been arrested for having an iPod full of pirated music. Ironically chances are good that someone has been arrested for stealing an iPod that happened to contain pirated music.

    I hope this just scares people into buying more music from iTunes.

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