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Last Updated: Wednesday, 14 April, 2004, 13:16 GMT 14:16 UK
Singer wins internet auction case
Sophie B Hawkins at 2004 Grammy Awards
Hawkins said she put her life savings into making the album
Singer Sophie B Hawkins has won a small claims judgement against a man who she says was selling promotional copies of her album on internet site eBay.

The Grammy-nominated artist won $346 (188) from the eBay seller for offering advance copies of her new CD on the online auction service.

The album, called Wilderness, is not due in record stores until next week.

Hawkins, who had hits in the 1990s, said: "He was making easy money off something that's my blood and guts.

"I had invested all of my life savings into this record and he wouldn't stop."

I want to thank my fans because they really protected me when this started happening
Sophie B Hawkins

Hawkins, who rose to fame in 1992 with her song Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover, said money was not the motivation for taking the matter to court in Santa Monica, California.

Wilderness is Hawkins' first album released by her own Trumpet Swan Records label and she said she felt compelled to protect her intellectual property.

She added the eBay seller was purely in it for the money and taking advantage of her fans.

'Ripped off'

Hawkins said: "I want to thank my fans because they really protected me when this started happening.

"They are the ones who got ripped off. One person had to pay $300 for a [Wilderness] CD that didn't even have the artwork."

Hawkins said she planned to return the money to fans who bought the CDs on eBay, then buy them authorised copies after it is released on 20 April.

EBay shut down the online auction of Wilderness after Hawkins alerted the company the CDs were not intended for sale.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Roberta Kyman ruled in Hawkins' favour after the eBay seller failed to show up in court, a court clerk said.

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