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Limewire Sues The Riaa - Echo - 09-27-2006

Didn't know were to put this but i jst thought it was cool.

Refreshing: Limewire Sues the RIAA

In a move as refreshing as a cool summer breeze, the pirates from Limewire are sueing the RIAA for anti-trust violations and a bunch of other cool shit.

"LimeWire now charges the record companies with colluding to create a monopoly over the digital distribution of copyrighted music. The record companies "have engaged in these unfair business practices for the specific purpose of eliminating sources of decentralized peer-to-peer file sharing and acquiring a monopoly over digital distribution of commercially valuable copyrighted music and movie content," the lawsuit reads."

Limewire is asking for a jury trial, which is great because you know that's going to be the O.J. Trial for nerds. We at Consumerist are in favor of settling the matter on "Judge Reinhold".


RE: Limewire Sues The Riaa - FastTadpole - 05-13-2010

and a few years later the tables turn full circle..

Quote:LimeWire Crushed in RIAA Infringement Lawsuit
By David Kravets
May 12, 2010

LimeWire was found liable of copyright infringement Tuesday in a decision that threatens to financially devastate the New York company behind the file sharing application.

In a 4-year-old case brought by The Recording Industry Association of America, U.S. District Judge Kimba M. Wood ruled that LimeWire’s users commit a “substantial amount of copyright infringement” (.pdf) and that the Lime Group, the company behind the application, “has not taken meaningful steps to mitigate infringement.”

The RIAA was seeking up to $150,000 per copyright violation, though the final damages in the lawsuit have not yet been determined. The lawsuit claimed at least 93 percent of LimeWire’s file sharing traffic was unauthorized copyright material.

Limewire claims “50 million unique monthly users.” Its website says its “software is downloaded hundreds of thousands of times every day and boasts millions of active users at any given moment.”

It was the first case targeting a file sharing software maker following the 2005 Grokster decision, in which the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for lawsuits targeting companies that induced or encouraged file sharing piracy.

Before the RIAA filed suit, the record label’s trade group urged LimeWire to license its material or shut down.

“LimeWire is one of the largest remaining commercial peer-to-peer services,” Mitch Bainwol, the RIAA’s chairman, said in a statement. “Unlike other P2P services that negotiated licenses, imposed filters or otherwise chose to discontinue their illegal conduct following the Supreme Court’s decision in the Grokster case, LimeWire instead thumbed its nose at the law and creators.”

George Searle, LimeWire’s chief executive, said in a statement that the company “remains committed to developing innovative products and services for the end-user and to working with the entire music industry, including the major labels, to achieve this mission.”

Searle was not immediately available for comment.

Judge Wood scheduled a June 1 hearing to determine how to proceed.
http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2010/05/limewire-crushed/#ixzz0nlYcsKlZ


RE: Limewire Sues The Riaa - h3rm35 - 05-13-2010

squish.
ouch.


RE: Limewire Sues The Riaa - mastermg - 05-13-2010

This is because the RIAA was about to charge something like 1500 for each copyright infringment limewire had, which would have reached in the billions of dollars. Glad to see it stood up against the devil.


RE: Limewire Sues The Riaa - h3rm35 - 05-13-2010

doesn't look that way to me... I hope they do ok...