Midland Woman Sued by Record Companies

By Camaron Abundes
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND- Seven hundred and forty one songs, almost cost Beatriz Padilla $250,000 dollars.

"We heard a knock at the door, and the next thing we know I am being served," said Beatriz Padilla, "I was being sued by different record labels."

Sony, Arista, BMG Music Entertainment all filed suit against Padilla in February. She says her husband downloaded songs on a peer to peer network five years ago, and ever since the record companies have been after her.
"I was worried, that's a lot of money, and who were they going to get that from," she said, "This is no joke, they came after me and I live in Midland."

Padilla says now she only uses the internet to check e-mail or MySpace. Padilla settled her suit with the record companies out of court for only $7,000 dollars, but now she wants others to know the risk.

"It could be your son your daughter, you don't even know it. As long as you pay for it you're good even if it says it's free it's not," she said.