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Limewire Settles Copyright Case For $105m

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Limwire Pays Out $105m For Copyright Hurt

The world of pirated music and movie downloads is pretty murky, and one-by-one all the major players are being brought down by the music and film industry.

Back in the day, the daddy of them all Napster was forced to go legal followed by services like The Pirate Bay and Kazaa. The most recent company to fall under the sword of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is Limewire which was effectively shut down last October and has now agreed an out-of-court settlement of $105 million with 13 record labels including four of the major labels. The action started out back in 2006 shortly after RIAA had settled with Kazaa for $115 million. In May of last year a court ruled that Limewire and its creator Mark Gorton had infringed copyright and aided others in downloading pirated music. A subsequent ruling in October led to the closure of the service.


“This hard fought victory is reason for celebration by the entire music community, its fans and the legal services that play by the rules. As the court heard during the last two weeks, LimeWire wreaked enormous damage on the music community, helping contribute to thousands of lost jobs and fewer opportunities for aspiring artists," said Mitch Bainwol, chairman of the Recording Industry Association of America said in a statement. RIAA had initially claimed that it was owed over $1 billion in damages from Limewire.

However despite the courts ruling, the closure of the website and Limewire sending out an updated version of its software to stop people swapping files in this way, a pirate edition of Limewire has been produced that leaves the service intact. I wonder will Limewire sue the people who created the pirate edition of its software?

Source: RIAA

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May 13, 2011, 8:33 pm

"LimeWire wreaked enormous damage on the music community, helping contribute to thousands of lost jobs and fewer opportunities for aspiring artists"

Sorry, whilst I don't generally agree with piracy I still find that pretty hard to believe.


May 13, 2011, 10:21 pm

So does this mean that gun, knife, baseball bad, cricket bat etc etc manufacturers and/or suppliers can be sued for others using them to commit crimes, e.g. maim or kill?

What kind idiot Lawyers did Limewire have? This is in the paradise of litigation.

This is utterly self-evidently preposterous.

In the era of McCarthyism a man was jailed for 18 years for borrowing a book on Communism from a State Library!!!!

Why were the search engines and/or ISPs have not been sued first? After all they facilitate users to the websites relating to such material.

All of this is as ridiculous as the UK Government charging individuals for downloading or gathering information relating to terrorism or explosives. The same information is found on Wikipedia and books!!! Indeed, the NASA website provides details on how build your own rocket (aka missile) of the sort that Hamas use to terrorise the Israelis living near the border.

RIAA may yet end up as:

"Were it not for the fact that ACS:Law has ceased trading so that Mr Crossley now has limited means, a monetary penalty of £200,000 would have been imposed, given the severity of the breach." ( http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-13358896 )

or Sony.

Meanwhile "Americans face piracy website blocking" ( http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-13387795 )


May 14, 2011, 1:38 pm

where would a company that offers free software get that kind of money from?


May 15, 2011, 8:18 am

does the RIIA truly believe we are stupid enough to believe that without funding there will be no more music,how many bands(including some of the most succesful)started out in a garage and local pubs,im sure if you asked the beatles or robbie williams a good living is all that counts,limewire could agree to shut down all operations and not pay the 100 million,obviously they where never expexted to pay up as the riia havent a foot to stand on.

if i took a photo of your house have i stolen your property?


May 16, 2011, 5:53 am

Nice one RIAA. Talk about late to the parade, no serious pirate had used Limewire in years leading to its death.


May 17, 2011, 6:12 pm

Another one bites the dust.....

"A firm employed by the French government to track down net pirates has been hacked.'' ( http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-13422508 )

"This was the perfect storm waiting to happen. It was an instant target for hacktivists. You can't even call it a hack, it was a walk-in, a travesty," said John Walker, professor at Nottingham Trent University's school of computing.

If the mighty resources of the Chinese Government can't reign in its democracy, freedom and human rights hungry activists how the hell are these corporations going to?

In any case as I said time and time again it is not the problem it's made out to be. Just look at the facts.

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