Court rejects teen's appeal in Internet music case

November 29, 2010

(AP) -- The Supreme Court has turned down an appeal from a Texas teenager who got in trouble for downloading music without paying.

Whitney Harper acknowledged she used file-sharing networks to download and share three dozen songs.

But she said the money she owes should be reduced because as a 16-year-old she didn't know that what she did amounted to .

The justices rejected Harper's appeal Monday over a dissent from Justice Samuel Alito. The issue in the case is whether people who illegally swap music online can try to show that they did so innocently. Harper wanted the money owed for each song cut to $200 from $750.

The case is Harper v. Maverick Recording Co., 10-94.

Explore further: Trial set to begin in Mass. music downloading case


Related Stories

Lawyer: Song swapper on trial doing `what kids do'

July 28, 2009

(AP) -- A Boston University graduate student was "a kid who did what kids do" when he swapped songs through file-sharing networks like Kazaa, his lawyer said Tuesday as his copyright-infringement trial began.

Mass. student on trial admits sharing tunes online

July 30, 2009

(AP) -- A Boston University graduate student accused of illegally swapping music online nonchalantly admitted in court Thursday that he has downloaded and shared hundreds of songs by Nirvana, Green Day, The Smashing Pumpkins ...

Recommended for you

On soft ground? Tread lightly to stay fast

October 8, 2015

These findings, reported today, Friday 9th October, in the journal Bioinspiration & Biomechanics, offer a new insight into how animals respond to different terrain, and how robots can learn from them.

IROS 2015: Thermobot feels the heat and walks (and walks)

October 7, 2015

Takeru Nemoto and Akio Yamamoto of University of Tokyo have presented a bipedal walking robot which is driven by constant heating. No sensors. No actuators, said Even Ackerman in IEEE Spectrum. Just a hot surface will do ...

AI machine achieves IQ test score of young child

October 6, 2015

Some people might find it enough reason to worry; others, enough reason to be upbeat about what we can achieve in computer science; all await the next chapters in artificial intelligence to see what more a machine can do ...


Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.