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A young Pittsburgh woman who needs a transplant has another fight on her hands. She's being sued by the music industry for illegally downloading music from the Internet.

But 19-year-old Ciara Sauro strongly denies the charge and says she and her mother are overwhelmed with medical debts.

"Look and see where it (the downloads) came from, and look and see that it's not me. It's not fair to do to me," said Sauro.

Sauro, who lives in Ross Township, is disabled with pancreatitis. She needs an islet cell transplant and is hospitalized weekly.

Because she didn't defend herself against a copyright lawsuit, a federal judge in Pittsburgh ruled she's a music pirate, and that could cost the Sauros almost $8,000 in fines.

"I already have severe depression. I mean, it's so hard to sit there and think that I have to get in trouble for something that I didn't do. It's not fair," Sauro said.

Sauro and her mother, Lisa, are being sued for the fines because they didn't challenge a music industry lawsuit in Pittsburgh federal court.

The lawsuit accuses Ciara Sauro of illegally sharing 10 songs online with strangers through free Internet software.

"You want to know the truth? I make $8.25 an hour. She can't work. This child is very sick. I mean, what am I supposed to do?" Lisa Sauro said.

The Sauros said they've lived in their home since Ciara's father moved out. They claim the Internet account in the lawsuit was opened by him at his new address.

"I just want them to know that I have to go through enough stress in my life with my sickness and my family, and I don't think that they should go after people just because they want money for something that's not even fair to us," Ciara Sauro said.

Attorney James Brink told WTAE Channel 4 Action News that he's offering to represent the Sauros for free and ask a judge to reopen the case.

Brink, who has defended other similar lawsuits, said the persons being sued only have so many days to respond before a judge enters a default judgment. He also said it's common for people to be intimidated by the legal documents.

"A lay person getting this -- first of all, it's 60 pages thick," he said. "It's full of legalese and jargon from the company. They see the record company suing them for thousands of dollars. They get scared."

An attorney who represents the record companies in the lawsuit against the Sauros did not return phone calls for comment Monday.
Wow. She's on the hospital transplant list, her mom makes $8.25 an hour, and she's been sued successfully because she couldn't afford an attorney.

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post #2 of 119
Jeez I think at least everyone has shared some form of music/software whether it be offline or online. And I always thought christmas was the time to be jolly and share?
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Originally Posted by halifax1 View Post
Yeah, I guess I was the rude one.

That makes a lot of sense for being offended so that makes me the rude person yet the OP goes around saying ****** and it's hilarious.
Nobody commented that the use of such language (or should I say suggested language) was funny. Right or wrong, I think it was used to express anger at the RIAA in the article linked in the OP. Luckily we have censorship here at OCN that replaces the letters of vulgarities with asterisks. That's enough for most; including myself.

Your tone was angry and threatening to report the entire thread was uncalled for especially considering only two of the posts thus far had met your criteria.

EDIT (in response to above post):

Very good then. Moving along.

This RIAA business is getting a little out of hand. There are people like the ones in the OP that should be given a free pass from such unjustified behavior.
Edited by MNiceGuy - 12/23/08 at 3:03am
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Also, I've noticed the RIAA seems to always attack the people who almost 100% have no use or reasoning for downloading music.

They've attacked old ladies in their 80s I believe, which I doubt are sitting on Limewire downloading the latest Eminem track.
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Wow, they are suing every kind of people imaginable, how unfortunate.
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Could it be some sort of "nobody's safe!" scare tactic?
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Hateful words are derogatory whether they are intended as a joke, or not. The fact of the matter is that not everybody on OCN may find such language funny. In a nutshell, if you can't resist the urge to swear in a responce to a thread, then don't post.

Now that this thread has been cleaned, stay on topic please.
Edited by t4ct1c47 - 12/23/08 at 3:42am
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AW dude this is going to far RIAA will from this day forward be called either Terrorists or criminals for human rights.
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I say we get our pitchforks and torches and burn RIAA down?
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I think that what trackers are doing where they inject fake ip addresses is the cause of this. It really does seem to be working because now letters are going out to people who don't even know what piracy is interestingly. So the RIAA will need a new method to get people. But hey, at least they claim that they are going to stop sueing individuals.
Edited by firemaker - 12/23/08 at 5:37am
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