A 12-year-old New York girl - among the first to be sued by the record industry for sharing music over the Internet - has settled out of court. Brianna LaHara is off the hook after her mother agreed to pay £1,200 to settle the lawsuit. She also apologised and admitted that her daughter's actions violated copyright laws. The hurried settlement came a day after the Recording Industry Association of America filed 261 such lawsuits across the country. Lawyers for the RIAA said Brianna's mother, Sylvia Torres, contacted them early to negotiate. "We understand now that file-sharing the music was illegal," Torres said. "You can be sure Brianna won't be doing it anymore." And Brianna added: "I am sorry for what I have done. I love music and don't want to hurt the artists I love." The case against Brianna was a potential minefield for the music industry from a public relations standpoint. The family lives in a public housing project on New York's Upper West Side, and they said they mistakenly believed they were entitled to download music over the Internet because they had paid £18 for software that gives them access to online file-sharing services. Even in the hours before the settlement was announced, Brianna was emerging as an example of what critics said was over zealous enforcement by the powerful music industry.