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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not even originally a lobby group
8/5/2006 9:17:56 PM
the riaa and mpaa were standards bodies originally
the riaa made standardized vinyl records possible, before them, every record company had its own equalization curve, nowdays they are bribing congressmen (senator hatch is the big one, but mostly democrats) and churing out lawsuits "carefully researched" against children, the elderly, people who cannot use the software because they have macs, and dead people
the mpaa made the movie ratings system which we all know and ignore because of the fact that the ratings are from people who are accountable to nobody, are annonymous, and have been shown to be corrupt (many big movies have had their ratings knocked down to r, saving private ryan is an nc-17 movie, but since it was spielburg, it was just r; teenage mutant ninja turtles got down from an r to pg-13; and this film is not yet rated [a very critical documentary of the mpaa's ratings] got an nc-17)
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