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Teen charged 510 for illegally downloading one song

Post by L on Tue Dec 02, 2008 5:08 am

HERE'S a story to send a shiver down every parent's spine.

Schoolboy David Hay is being charged 510 for illegally downloading just one song from the internet.

The 14-year-old was caught after digital spies electronically tagged party anthem Jumping All Over The World.

The record firm tracked David to his home in Coatbridge, Lanarkshire.

Their 20-page dossier accuses him of downloading the track by German band Scooter.

Digi Protect say he has infringed their copyright and have given him 28 days to pay.

They also threatened legal action which could cost David's family thousands.

The mess started in February when David downloaded the track from website Ares.

His dad Stuart admits it was wrong but says the fine is excessive.

Stuart, 55, said: "David downloads the odd track but what teenager doesn't?

"Now just before Christmas they hit us with this massive fine. To ask for that kind of money is crazy. I want people to know this can happen.

"It wouldn't be so bad but it is a bloody awful song."

I contacted DigiProtect's solicitors Davenport Lyons to plead the Hay's case.

They said: "Copyright owners spend millions of pounds on works for sale to the public yet many think it is acceptable to obtain the work illegally.

"But we may be able to reach a compromise on the amount owed."

Failing to pay up could land the Hay family in bother. A Brighton man refused and ended up with a 5000 fine and 13,500 legal bill.

Millions of innocent music lovers like David download tunes. But be warned...stay within the law or get stung.


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Re: Teen charged 510 for illegally downloading one song

Post by L on Tue Dec 02, 2008 5:12 am

Here's a related story:

CLICK HERE

Scooter again. Rolling Eyes


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Post by Baz on Tue Dec 02, 2008 5:12 am

This will scare a lot of people. I think it will stop a lot of people from downloading stuff illegally.

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Post by L on Tue Dec 02, 2008 5:13 am

It's scaring me.. Razz

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Post by Baz on Tue Dec 02, 2008 5:17 am

They have done this on purpose to create the story and to stop people downloading illegally. It will stop some people from doing so which is their aim.

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Post by L on Tue Dec 02, 2008 5:25 am

It's worked. I'm scared! LoL

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Post by Baz on Tue Dec 02, 2008 5:35 am

I wouldn't download any more if I were you. I don't do it. It's too risky now.

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Post by jackie 46 on Tue Dec 02, 2008 6:22 am

I bet that's scared him of ever doing it again.
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Post by L on Thu Dec 04, 2008 10:45 am

His dad probably sold his computer to pay the fine. That's what I'd have done if it were my teenage son.

(oh god, I have still to endure having a teenage son... eek!)

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Post by YePiF on Sat Dec 13, 2008 12:13 pm

Great Very Happy I hope this happens till they get everyone to stop
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Post by jackie 46 on Sat Dec 13, 2008 2:41 pm

L wrote:His dad probably sold his computer to pay the fine. That's what I'd have done if it were my teenage son.

(oh god, I have still to endure having a teenage son... eek!)


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