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Who’s Winning?

According to PCWorld, an advocacy group called P2P United has stepped in to pay the $2000 fine owed by 12-year-old Briana LaHara to the Recording Industry Association of America for downloading such songs as “If You’re Happy And You Know It.”

Is this a win for consumer rights — a necessary warning to a powerful industry group that’s trying to win the piracy battle by unfairly targeting children with its law suits? Or is it sending the wrong message to America’s already over-privileged youth — that there really are no consequences for stealing something that doesn’t belong to them?

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