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Looks like the P2P conspiracy theories won’t get their day in court

LimeWire’s antitrust countersuit was thrown out last week after a federal judge granted the RIAA’s motion to dismiss claims against the company.

Many of the claims were dismissed “without prejudice,” which would allow LimeWire’s parent company, Lime Group LLC, to file new lawsuits under state courts.

Lime Group listed a wide variety of complaints against record labels and the music industry, with the overall theme being that industry execs conspired against LimeWire and others using a variety of schemes to undermine P2P and P2P companies’ efforts to legitimate themselves.

Some of these complaints include:

  • Claims that RIAA labels banded together to exclusively support P2P client iMesh and its acoustic fingerprinting technology, while simultaneously refusing to support a similar hash-based system employed by LimeWire; when Lime Group sought the necessary hashes to employ their technology, RIAA refused, instead demanding that LimeWire acquire the rights to use iMesh’s fingerprinting tech.
  • Further, if LimeWire insisted on using its hashing technology, it would instead have to license a similar hash-based filtering system from Altnet.
  • Music industry joint ventures MusicNet and pressplay – two services that PC World dubbed “25 Worst Tech Products of all Time” due to “stunningly brain-dead features” – were nothing more than conduits for price-fixing and market manipulation. (pressplay eventually became Napster 2.0 after its 2005 acquisition by Roxio.)
  • General claims of “unfair business practices,” including threatening P2P users with litigation, pressuring artists not to license works to P2P companies, and false accusing LimeWire of promoting child pornography and piracy, among other things.

In his ruling, U.S. District Judge Gerald Lynch wrote that most of Lime Group’s claims “fail to allege an adverse effect on competition market-wide.” Additionally, Lynch noted that record labels presented over 100gb of data totaling 29 million pages worth of information for their defense, while LimeWire failed to produce “any additional facts it would plead that would enable it … to demonstrate the existence of a conspiracy.”

Lime Group’s countersuit was filed in response to the RIAA’s lawsuit against the P2P client, which was launched just days after its $100 million legal victory over Kazaa.

RIAA executives applauded Lynch’s ruling, noting that Lime Group’s countersuit was nothing but a diversionary tactic designed to “take attention away from … [the] massive infringement that is the real focus of this case.”

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RE: hah
By Alexstarfire on 12/9/2007 3:50:33 AM , Rating: 4
You my friend, are confusing P2P with pirating. They are not interchangeable words. P2P is simply a transfer protocol while pirating is illegal downloads are such. By your definition downloading songs off a server isn't illegal/pirating.

P2P is a great idea because it basically eliminates having to own a server. That's a huge expense right there. Many small businesses can't afford servers.

I don't understand how the RIAA can sue the owners of BitTorrent client programs. All they did was make a program that downloads data via a torrent file. That'd be like suing Microsoft for allowing illegal downloads through Internet Explorer.

RE: hah
By Master Kenobi on 12/9/2007 11:12:16 AM , Rating: 2
Blizzard uses a Torrent system for distributing it's patches for WoW.

RE: hah
By SavagePotato on 12/9/2007 6:43:51 PM , Rating: 2
Perhaps there is more underlying to the RIAA's hate of peer to peer than the pirating.

Maybe it could be that they fear artists realising they can distribute their content without having to pay their royalties, and without the overhead of paying for bandwidth / hosting.

Could be it is a technology they want to villify simply because it's existance threatens theirs in ways far beyond that of simple piracy.

Just the conspiracy thought of the day.

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