A federal judge has ordered a Bristol, Conn., resident to pay more than $4,000 for downloading five songs from the Internet.

A federal judge has ordered a Bristol, Conn., resident to pay more than $4,000 for downloading five songs from the Internet.

U.S. District Judge Janet C. Hall Wednesday (May 12) directed William Martinez to pay the minimum statutory damages of $750 per song for infringing a copyright as well as $289 for the costs of bringing the lawsuit.

The judge ruled because Martinez failed to answer a civil complaint brought against him by the recording industry, or appear in court for the hearing.

Martinez was the second Connecticut resident caught up in the lawsuits filed by the RIAA ordered to pay for illegally downloading music.

Jennifer Brothers of Andover was recently found in default when she also failed to answer the complaint or appear in court. Brothers has been ordered to pay $6,000.

The suits against Martinez and Brothers are among 2,500 filed in the United States within the past year.


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