It’s anecdotal, to be sure, but it seems that the military-industrialist-corporate-government partnership has stated a War on Moms. We just reported on one mother under attack from the military, now it seems that corporate America has jumped into the fray. This time, the battlefield is on the peer-to-peer (P2P) front.
In the judicial Intellectual Property skirmishes between the music recording industry and downloaders, one mom seems to be caught in the middle and her apparent innocence is seemingly ignored by the corporate recording giants.:
It was Easter Sunday, and Patricia Santangelo was in church with her kids when she says the music recording industry peeked into her computer and decided to take her to court.
Santangelo says she has never downloaded a single song on her computer, but the industry didn’t see it that way. The woman from Wappingers Falls, about 80 miles north of New York City, is among the more than 16,000 people who have been sued for allegedly pirating music through file-sharing computer networks.
“I assumed that when I explained to them who I was and that I wasn’t a computer downloader, it would just go away,” she said in an interview. “I didn’t really understand what it all meant. But they just kept insisting on a financial settlement.”
A federal judge described Santangelo as “an Internet-illiterate parent, who does not know Kazaa from kazoo, and who can barely retrieve her email.”
After having spent $24K in her defense, she has run out of money, and is now representing herself in court. One would think that the recording industry would drop this particular person simply because of the potentially negative PR. To date, this has not been the case, which is loud and clear statement about the scruples of the recording industry.