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Two Oklahoma City attorneys are the first lawyers to win a federal court order forcing record companies to pay legal fees in a copyright infringement suit involving music downloading from the Internet. Solo practitioners Marilyn Barringer-Thomson, who was the lead attorney on the case, and Warren Henson last week won payment of $68,685 for their work on behalf of Deborah Foster and her daughter, Amanda, who were sued by Capitol Records Inc., UMG Recordings and other music companies in 2004. The companies agreed to dismiss the lawsuit last July after it was shown that Deborah Foster didn’t own a computer, though her daughter may have downloaded the music. Capitol Record v. Debbie Foster, No. 04-1569 (W.D. Okla.). “We respectfully believe that this ruling is in error and is an isolated occurrence,” said Recording Industry Association of America spokeswoman Cara Duckworth, pointing to five other cases in which fees were denied. The association did win a default judgment against the daughter, she said.

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