September 09, 2003
The Future is Open... No, Wait.


Here's Vonnie Bassett, the bookkeeper and mother to a 17-year old Kazaa kid, staring down unspecified damages in the RIAA lawsuit (up to 150K per song). Never mind the other issues, the main point is that she doesn't understand how she could be held responsible for her kid's activities, when she had no way to know they were illegal.

You have to wonder how many of the lawsuits the Times had to trawl to get the one with that face. And you have to wonder if the online media buyers for IBM's new Linux campaign are aware what story they just bought space against.

Posted by kevin slavin at September 09, 2003 10:40 AM

his name is linux. i cant wait to see people name their kids after this crap.

Posted by: cary on September 9, 2003 11:10 AM

is it just me or does the kid from that campaign look like he has progeria - or is he the "ancient" keir dullea at the end of 2001?

and speaking of kids, how punished do you think vonnie basset's son is these days?

Posted by: elia on September 9, 2003 11:14 AM

actually, the nypost might've found the most compelling face - a 12 year old girl who lives in subsidized housing.

Posted by: elia on September 9, 2003 11:40 AM

I thought he was baby eminem.

Posted by: matkatz on September 9, 2003 11:50 AM

First the RIAA, now this. It's tough week to be a 12-year-old.

The police have arrested a 12-year-old boy, his mother, and a teller who authorities said were involved in the robbery of a Citibank branch on Avenue A. The mother, Tamara Rivers, 34, of Harlem River Drive in Manhattan, the teller, Monique Gray, 19, of Astoria Boulevard in Queens, and the boy were arrested yesterday in connection with a robbery on Aug. 28 the authorities said. The boy entered the bank, at 50 Avenue A, passed a note to a teller demanding money, and fled with $30,000 in cash, the authorities said. Only about $16,000 was recovered. Charges against the three were pending as of early this morning. (NYT)

Posted by: elia on September 10, 2003 09:40 AM
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