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Angry music lovers help pay download bill

NEW YORK, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- Angry music lovers want to help 12-year-old Brianna LaHara of New York pay off her $2,000 recording download debt.

From $3 pledges for the Help Brianna fund to $1,000 offers, hundreds of people say they want to help pay off the settlement between Brianna and the Recording Industry Association of America, the New York Daily News and New York Post reported.

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An upper West Side honors student, Brianna was among 261 users of the KaZaA Internet file-sharing service hit by RIAA copyright violation lawsuits demanding as much as $150 million. Her share for sharing was $2,000 after her mother agreed to a settlement offered by the RIAA.

Brianna's plight crystallized the outrage many feel about the RIAA's new get-tough policies after years of complaining about illegal Web downloaders and millions in lost sales but not taking legal action.

"I'm not spending another dime on CDs until they drop these lawsuits and apologize," said Charles Scott of Louisiana, who sent Brianna a $50 check.

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