UK Parents Caught Unaware of Kids Downloads

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Five Internet service providers were forced by a UK court order to reveal the identities of 33 music file sharers. A third of them turned out to be parents, whose children were doing the file sharing, apparently caught unawares.

But that’s not enough to get them off the hook. The British Phonographic Industry, who requested the order, says that 72,000 illegal downloads have netted them a loss of over 650 million pounds ($850 million). And the BPI wants their money.

“In the first round of cases, we took into account the fact that a lot of parents wouldn’t be aware. But it’s not like we go, ‘You’re a parent, we’ll let you off,” said a BPI spokesman

The spokesman dismissed the downloader defense that downloading music encouraged them to go out and buy albums.

“Whether they go out and buy 50, 100 or a million albums, file-sharing is still illegal,” he said. “This isn’t the first piece of research that shows any promotional effect is outweighed… by the damaging effect.”

UK Parents Caught Unaware of Kids Downloads
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