Total Number of Clips: 1 Cumulative Est. Audience: 95,752 Cumulative Est. Publicity Value: $22,730 (Sum of Clip Totals)
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ABC 7 News at 11PM
KGO (ABC) San Francisco, CA DMA: 6
11:13PM PDT April 30 2008
Programming Type: News

Est. Households/Views: 95,752
Est. Publicity Value: $2,273 (30 sec.)
Clip Total: $22,730

>>> well, today a federal court set up a formula to determine how much on-line companies owe music come composers, writers and publishers for songs streamed on the internet. on-line companies must hand over 2 1/2% of their music-related revenues since 2002 for aol. it works out to 6 million in royalties. yahoo must pay out 6.76 million. even if you don't download music illegally, you could be accused of piracy. >> our michael finney has been investigating the issue and he is here with a special 7 on your side report. michael, this is wild. >> yeah. i know you reported on this a lot and you may remember hearing that the music industry is getting aggressive about protecting its copyrights and it is and rightfully so. but if you feel certain you could never get caught up in a lawsuit because you haven't downloaded music illegally, well, have you another thing coming. >> this is like a warning to everybody. >> university of san fransisco law professor bob talbot is explaining how and for how much an illegal music downloader can be you -- dash can be sued. >> each song can be between $750 and $150,000. >> and although this lecture is taking place in a classroom, it is anything but academic. >> you can look up the title or the artist or album. >> this student is showing me how she could download music without paying through an on-line program called lime wire. industry investigators go on-line looking for that kind of activity and often find students logged on through their university. now, that's pay dirt. because, through a roundabout way, the student's identity can be tracked by the school. it allows the recording industry association of america, the riaa to put a name on a lawsuit. and that's how this san fransisco state student got caught up in all of this. >> even if you think you are not doing anything wrong, you are sharing. and even though that is not -- downloading is not illegal. it is the sharing part that is illegal. >> that's a simplification, but it is the hook the industry is using to threaten students. the recording industry association of america's jonathon lane. >> no, we have stepped up our focus on universities and we send pre lawsuit letters to universities. >> those letters lead to a demand for $3,000 or more. and if the student doesn't repspond, legal proceedings go forward. the price of any settle meant goes up. >> they don't know it is you. it could be miss identifications. it could be somebody else on the computer. there could be many things that could have happened. >> however, the cost of fighting a miss identification is so expensive many consumers simply pay up. >> do you feel like a bully? >> no. this is a program that we wish we did not have to do. we thought long and hard before we took this step. but we have yet to think of it from our perspective that we are an industry hemorrhaging jobs and hemorrhaging money. people were stealing music with impunity. >> still, the riaa house attorneys and most students don't, and that's why the professor and his students have set up this law clinic to help those who have been contacted by the riaa. and that brings us back to our san fransisco state student. >> do you suggest i settle or go to court? >> i think that honestly it's best to settle just from the standpoint that you're risking a lot. >> what do you think of that advice? >> i'm gonna take their advice because they know more than me. they have helped more than just me. >> the law clinic students are going to attempt to negotiate the best settlement possible for her. while other cases may be fought all the way through the courts. and finally, the young womb who showed us how illegal downloading works, she was not on her computer. she was on a friend's. >> which goes back to what we were talking about. >> it is scary. thank you, michael. >>> as we move on here tonight, it turns out a giant tree branch that fell and killed a woman at stern grove in san fransisco had been listed as potentially dangerous. the tree was among several hundred singled out four years ago in a rec and parks department on sterngrove trees that needed trimming. the fallen limb killed her two weeks ago. the city has only 15 urban forest reworkers assigned to care for the 100,000 trees. and no one is sure if the tree involved in the death was actually ever inspected. >> we certainly had enough wind in the past couple days to make people a bit on edge about this issue. >> we have. and the temperatures are going down in the wine country. sandhya patel is here with a look at the forecast. >> yeah, i want to talk about
Total Number of Clips: 1 Cumulative Est. Audience: 95,752 Cumulative Est. Publicity Value: $22,730 (Sum of Clip Totals)

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