Sally and Jim Wilson were frightened in February when they learned the recording industry had sued them because their two teenage daughters had downloaded 653 songs - and that they could be liable to pay $750 for each. . . .Apparently, the couple and their lawyer Chris Macke want to make the suit a class action in order to let others who paid settlements join.
The Cold Spring couple has agreed to settle for $3,000. Next week, the Wilsons plan to sue an Australian-based company, Sharman Networks Ltd., whose popular peer-to-peer Kazaa software the girls used.
Jon Newton, editor of P2Pnet.net, has more and writes:
Sally, Jim and Macke should instead be launching a class action against Warner, Sony BMG, UMG and EMI, the members of the music label cartel, for libel and slander in wrongfully characterizing them and their daughters as dangerous criminals and hard-core thieves.