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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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RE: amazing
By masher2 on 8/6/2006 11:38:24 AM , Rating: 2
> "I'm willing to bet that illegal downloading actually helps the industry.... "

This is what's known as a "security belief"...the same reason people believe in religion, palm reading, and the healing powers of magnetic bracelets.

RE: amazing
By Master Kenobi on 8/7/2006 8:53:29 AM , Rating: 2
Agreed. Masher2 has a point there. Illegally downloading copyrighted music is wrong, granted most of it sucks, but that is not relevant to this discussion. iTunes is right over there, so are other places like Napster and Rhapsody which are all legit ways to obtain single songs from albums. Or go buy the CD and rip it, you still paid for the music.

Trying to justify something that is wrong, implies that your trying to create shades of grey in a problem that is black and white.

Now I don't agree with what the RIAA is doing with all of these lawsuits, but because people have given them the ammunition to persue such a drastic course of action, they are going ahead with it.

RE: amazing
By bob661 on 8/7/2006 9:49:55 AM , Rating: 2
Now I don't agree with what the RIAA is doing with all of these lawsuits, but because people have given them the ammunition to persue such a drastic course of action, they are going ahead with it.
I actually think you DO agree with the RIAA but don't want to be on the recieving end of a flame war nor do you want to look like the "bad guy".
Illegally downloading copyrighted music is wrong
That is the same position as the RIAA. They are just taking an active role in eliminating this "problem". What is wrong with this? Nothing. They have every right to protect their investments and provide value to their shareholders. All companies should be doing this. BTW, I don't with how the RIAA is handling this.

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