Neologism Alert

August 7th, 2006  |  Published in etc

Ore. family owes thousands of dollars after illegally downloading songs (reg req, sorry):

The suits accuse them of “songlifting,” the process of sending or receiving copyrighted music over the Internet via peer-to-peer services not authorized by recording companies. Songlifting violates federal copyright laws and the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously last year that those who use the unauthorized services can be liable for copyright infringement.

“Songlifting is illegal and people are not anonymous on peer-to-peer networks, and there are consequences to their illegal actions,” RIAA spokeswoman Jenni Engebretsen said Friday after her group sued the Internet file-sharing network LimeWire in federal court in New York.

“Songlifting.”

Well, RMS got his wish, anyhow. We’ve replaced “piracy” with something much, much catchier.

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