RIAA Sues LimeWire Over Copyright Infringement
August 4, 2006 9:13 PM
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The RIAA has sued another P2P software company and is asking $150,000 per illegally downloaded song discovered
The RIAA has filed
yet another lawsuit
in its crusade against peer-to-peer file sharing networks, this time targeting the popular LimeWire network.
In the complaint the RIAA alleges that Lime Group LLC and its associates "actively facilitating, encouraging and enticing'' its users to steal music and that the company is doing nothing to block access to copyrighted works. The RIAA further alleges that Lime Group LLC has built a business model that allows them to directly profit from piracy.
LimeWire began operating in 2000 and has since become the program of choice among P2P users as other P2P companies have shut down or changed their business models to allow legal file trading. Last year the US Supreme Court ruled that P2P companies could be sued for copyright infringement if they were found to encourage piracy when the court ruled in the Gorkster case. The RIAA is seeking damages including at least $150,000 for each illegally downloaded song.
The suit comes only days after the
RIAA settled a lawsuit with Sharman Networks
, the company that distributes Kazaa. Record labels Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Vivendi Universal, Warner Music and EMI Group are behind this latest file sharing related lawsuit. As part of "going legit," the P2P network Kazaa recently agreed to pay record labels $100M USD in a bulk settlement.
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8/5/2006 11:00:05 AM
From what I know, LimeWire is the only P2P software that is ACTIVELY telling its users NOT to infringe copyright. Upon installing it, it DOES ask you if you plan to used LimeWire to infringe copyright, and again, it asks you if you want to continue downloading something that it says doesn't have a license.
Anyway, since LimeWire is already open source (under the GPL), and with the wealth of other Gnutella-based clients (Shareaza, iMesh, etc), and of course with BT, this is nothing but a scratch on the surface for P2P. Muahahaha!
8/5/2006 12:06:57 PM
I strongly disagree. I think Limewire is probably one of the worst at it, and so I'm very happy to finally see action taken against them.
8/6/2006 11:33:39 AM
> "I strongly disagree. I think Limewire is probably one of the worst at it, and so I'm very happy to finally see action taken against them."
From the statements of other posters here, it seems you're correct. More than a few people have claimed Limewire to be their primary source for downloaded copyrighted works.
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