Recording Companies Try To Track Illegal Downloads - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/27/07

Recording Companies Try To Track Illegal Downloads

More than a dozen recording companies are putting their foot down, and now they're looking for several people in the Hub City accused of illegally downloading and distributing thousands of copyrighted songs.

Those companies filed suit in Lubbock Federal Court Wednesday.  They're trying to get permission from the court to have a local Internet service provider release the names, addresses, phone numbers, and emails of the alleged offenders.

The recording companies say they've identified five suspects, not by name, but by a unique Internet address.  The companies have also downloaded some of the allegedly illegal recordings, and say they have evidence of every file that the suspects distributed, which adds up to more than 5,000 files.

The companies say the suspects used a service provided by Sterling Student Housing Management.  We looked them up, and that company used to own University Pointe and University Trails apartments, just east of the Texas Tech campus.  They've since sold the properties to GMH Communities.

The recording companies are asking that the suspects be forced to stop distributing illegal files. They're also asking for damages for each infringement, court costs, and attorneys' fees.

NewsChannel 11 will continue to follow this suit, and let folks know what happens.

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