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."