Senate lawmakers yesterday (Sept. 9) expressed support for the Recording Industry Association of America's...

Senate lawmakers yesterday (Sept. 9) expressed support for the Recording Industry Association of America's legal tactics during a hearing on peer-to-peer networks, saying the music industry has the right to initiate lawsuits against egregious infringers.

Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah) said "it's great" that the first slate of lawsuits, initiated this week, was widely reported on TV and in daily papers, because "it lets parents know what their kids are doing when they're downloading."

Hatch's comments followed front-page coverage in New York newspapers yesterday that one defendant in an RIAA suit was local 12-year-old Brianna Lahara, who allegedly offered more than 1,000 illegal music files through KaZaA. The trade group yesterday said it had settled the suit for $2,000. "We understand now that file-sharing the music was illegal," the girl's mother told the RIAA.

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