WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) – Lawyers have reached a tentative settlement in a music piracy lawsuit filed by the recording industry against the children of one of its best-known opponents.

If the settlement is finalized, it would end a long battle between the industry and the family of Patti Santangelo, who was sued for Internet piracy in 2005.

Santangelo, of Wappingers Falls, N.Y., denied the charge and pleaded her case on national TV. She said she didn’t even know how to download music.

The industry dropped the lawsuit in 2007 but sued two of Santangelo’s five children.

The Santangelos’ lawyer, Jordan Glass, said Friday that a settlement in principle had been reached and details should be finalized by March 18. Neither side would discuss the terms.

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