Turning Music into a Crime

A 16-year-old boy is in the media limelight — not for YouTube beatings, stealing the family car, or singing badly on American Idol — but for listening to music?

Five record companies are suing Robert Santangelo for stealing music and violating antitrust laws, conspiring to defraud the courts and making extortionate threats.

Santangelo says he never sent copyrighted music to others, that the recording companies promoted file sharing before turning against it and that the average computer user was never warned that the practice was illegal. Also, he said that the music in question was actually owned by his sister and himself on store-bought CDs. READ MORE

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