US FILE-SHARING CLAMPDOWN TARGETS 12 YEAR-OLD GIRL

The child's parents are fined after their daughter was caught possessing 1,000 downloaded songs...

A 12 year-old girl has been the targeted by the American music industry’s clampdown on file-sharing.

Brianna LaHara’s mum agreed to pay $2,000 in order to settle the case out of court, after her daughter was caught by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for possessing 1,000 downloaded songs.

Yesterday (September 9), La Hara wrote an apology on RIAA stationery saying: ‘I’m sorry for what I have done. I love music and I don’t want to hurt the artists I love.”

RIAA filed 261 lawsuits on Monday demanding $150,000 in royalties for every song shared online.

Durwood Pickle, Brianna’s grandfather, let his grandchildren use his computer during their visits but was shocked to be issued with a lawsuit.

Brianna believed that by using the MP3-swapping program Kazaa, that she was not breaking the law by downloading the children’s song ‘If You’re Happy And You Know It’ as well as Christina Aguilera and Mariah Carey tunes.

Sylvia Torres, Brianna’s mother, said: “We understand now that file-sharing the music was illegal. You can be sure Brianna won’t be doing it anymore.”

RIAA president Cary Sherman said: “Yes, there are going to be some kids caught in this, but you’d be surprised at how many adults are engaged in this activity.”