File Share This: An Innocent Mom

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. From the AP:

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.

Stephen Gordon

I like tasteful cigars, private property, American whiskey, fast cars, hot women, pre-bailout Jeeps, fine dining, worthwhile literature, low taxes, original music, personal privacy and self-defense rights -- but not necessarily in this order.

11 Comments
  1. while i can see the PR negatives here… and what are they expecting to get out of her anyway???… still, i think there’s something to be said for parental responsibility. she doesn’t know how to use a computer? well if her kids are using one, she needs to learn!!! it’s her job, not anyone else’s, to ensure her kids are staying within legal limits. we can’t demand liberty for ourselves without assuming the requisite amount of corresponding responsibility. and intellectual property rights are still property rights.

    just my thoughts.

  2. Stranger,

    At one time, I would have agreed with you. After digging much deeper into the IP issue, I’m now strongly inclinded to disagree.

    I know you are bright, open-minded and well-read, so I’ll suggest two simple articles for starters on this topic: 1 and 2.

  3. Stephen

    I read 2. It smacks of communism. Everything belongs to everybody. Take from the rich and give to the poor.

    If I invent or publish something, then I have a right to the fruits of my labor.

  4. I think Julian needs to learn more about communism. What the article, reference number 2, described was no communism. Wikipedia has a nice brief overview of communism.

  5. bac

    I don’t need a lesson communism or socialism. I got plenty of that when I went to college in the late 60’s. The professors and instructors made sure if we learned nothing else, we learned about those socioeconomic systems.

  6. Julian… and was that a true education or was it filled with propaganda of the time… I do know we were attempting to curb the “domino” effect. Wikipedia may be a good source to brush up, since Wikipedia in and of itself is communal in nature depending on the public (you and I) to correct any possible errors and omissions.

    So to that end I say “down with communism” because I really believe that everything is black and white… (sarcasm)

  7. stephen – i found the first article to be uninteresting philosophically. the second is dubious. the so-called “historical” argument is a fallacy, as the author himself admits. the “economic” argument i simply disagree with, factually. the author states “Is it credible that authors, in a world without copyrights, will be deprived of remuneration for their work? Again, not likely.” – but in internet file sharing, that is precisely what is happening. finally, the ethical argument, which is his strongest, is not convincing to me. his example of the “levitation” device hardly transfers over to his assertion that by memorizing someone else’s poem, i gain the right to “sell” it for my own profit. i don’t think we can acknowledge lockean property rights and then turn around and deny intellectual property rights. the production of my labor is mine, whether that product be material or not.

    would love to continue this argument, but i’m out of space! email me if you’d like to debate :)

  8. Open Torrent

    I was taught or at least they tried to brainwash me. They were true communists that were interested in the collapse of the USA and replacing it with communism, mostly based on the Chinese model, not so much the Soviet model.

    You need to study the true history of the late 1960’s and early 1970’s and what was passing as education in the colleges and universities. Maybe that will explain what has happened in the corporate and government world, particularly within the Democratic party.

    The generation of love, peace, drugs and rock & roll was not all it was cracked up to be. These people are in charge. They are the most greedy, self-centered meeism generation ever known in history.

    I was not a participant. I do not like the Democrats nor the Republicans but believe the Democrats are much more dangerous, at least the old burned out leftist radical 60’s ex-hippies that have seized the party.

    I have read Marx, Lenin, Engels, Mao, and Minh. Have you?

  9. I was taught or at least they tried to brainwash me. They were true communists that were interested in the collapse of the USA and replacing it with communism, mostly based on the Chinese model, not so much the Soviet model.

    That’s too bad… where did you go to school?

    I never intended to advocate communism… it is NOT the next best thing to a perfect political system. I also do not believe that it is so flawed that bits and pieces can not be borrowed from the philosophy.

    I have read several political science books. I also consider myself a history buff and can often times piss people off at trivial pursuit…

    As to the ex-hippies, I agree it seems as if they have done a complete 180 on that whole movement…