Judge Partly Buys File-Sharer's Innocence Claim

Law360, New York (August 12, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A Texas teen sued by several major record companies for downloading and distributing songs through a peer-to-peer file-sharing system has had her penalty dropped to $200 a pop after a federal judge agreed with her contention that she was an “innocent infringer,” although he granted the plaintiffs' motion.

U.S. District Judge Xavier Rodriguez of the Western District of Texas granted a motion of summary judgment on Friday in favor of music labels including Arista Records LLC and Sony BMG Music Entertainment, enjoining Whitney Harper from infringing...
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