Thursday, September 06, 2007

ASCAP Sues Gitmo Detainees

In a move sure to draw controversy, ASCAP announced today that they are pursuing legal action against detainees in Guantanamo Bay military prison, for illegal music downloading. In the court filing, ASCAP attorneys state that the detainees used hand-held MP3 players to listen to hours of heavy metal music, without paying the necessary license fees to the artists. "It was a natural next step," said ASCAP spokesman Mike Trudeau. "Our job is to protect artists' rights. We're sending a strong message that downloading music is illegal. Just because you're a terrorist, it doesn't mean you're above the law." Named parties in the lawsuit were not available for comment.

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