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Illegal Downloads Cost Man $23,500

HOUSTON (CN) - A federal judge ordered a Houston man to pay $23,250 in damages to five record companies for illegally downloading 31 songs and making them available on the peer-to-peer file sharing network Kazaa.com. The Recording Industry of America sued Abner Anderson on behalf of Atlantic, Arista, Sony BMG, and Capitol Records. The RIA has filed 28,000 such lawsuits since 2003.

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