UT Student Pays $3,000 To Settle Internet Music Sharing

Knoxville, Tenn. (AP) -- A University of Tennessee student decided to pay $3,000 for downloading music, rather than face a lawsuit.

Sophomore Chelsea Conn from Murfreesboro says she had pulled more than a thousand tunes from the internet and says the Recording Industry Association of America could have sued her for over a million dollars.

The 19-year-old Conn is one of 28 UT students facing suit over music downloading. They are part of a wave of 400 students who received settlement letters sent to universities nationwide.

The RIAA has said it will continue to send out roughly 400 settlement letters each month to universities. The RIAA has identified almost 15,000 students at 25 universities, nearly triple the number for the previous school year. The University of Tennessee ranks among the top five.

Copyright 2007 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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