The lawsuits are real enough. Just ask the Tenenbaums, a family in Rhode Island that have been fighting a million dollar lawsuit with Capitol Records for years. Six other companies have also sued them, all for seven songs that their teenage son allegedly downloaded. The Tenenbaums were recently interviewed in the Rhode Island News. According to the article, there are 30,000 other families that are being sued.
Even if you feel like this is extortion on the part of copyright owners, is it worth the fight? Make sure your kids are not downloading music for their iPODs, MP3 players or cell phones. Even if they just got them for Christmas, and they’re dying to fill up all that space with their favorite songs. It’s not worth the risk.