Record labels win LimeWire US copyright case

The makers of file-sharing software LimeWire have been found liable for infringing the music copyrights of 13 major record companies.In her ruling, US District Judge Kimba Wood agreed with the record companies that LimeWire and its founder Mark Gorton were liable for infringement and engaging in unfair competition. see:LimeWire sliced by RIAA, guilty of massive infringement
LimeWire has been tied up in court over copyright infringement claims for years, but LimeWire, CEO Mark Gorton, and the Lime Group are all feeling especially sour today — the recording industry has won a major victory in federal court.Judge Kimba Wood has just granted summary judgment against LimeWire, agreeing with the labels that the peer-to-peer company was liable for inducing copyright infringement. Turns out that asking LimeWire downloaders to check a box marked “I will not use LimeWire for copyright infringement” before proceeding doesn’t count as “meaningful efforts to mitigate infringement.” wins big in LimeWire lawsuit
In a decision that could mean sweeping changes to file sharing in the United States, a federal court has found the company that operates file-sharing service LimeWire liable for copyright infringement, according to court records reviewed by CNET.U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood, for the Southern District of New York, on Tuesday granted summary judgment in favor of the music industry’s claims that Lime Group, parent of LimeWire software maker Lime Wire, and founder Mark Gorton committed copyright infringement, engaged in unfair competition, and induced copyright infringement. hammered in copyright case [AP]
File-sharing software company LimeWire has lost a long-running court battle to the major recording companies.A judge with the US District Court in New York ruled this week that the company and its chairman, Mark Gorton, were liable for inducing copyright infringement. COURT ISSUES LANDMARK RULING AGAINST LIMEWIRE [news release]
In response to a federal court’s ruling that peer-to-peer service LimeWire and its operators are liable for inducement of widespread copyright theft, Mitch Bainwol, Chairman & CEO, offered the following comment:

“This definitive ruling is an extraordinary victory for the entire creative community. The court made clear that LimeWire was liable for inducing widespread copyright theft.

“LimeWire is one of the largest remaining commercial peer-to-peer services. 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. The court’s decision is an important milestone in the creative community’s fight to reclaim the Internet as a platform for legitimate commerce. By finding LimeWire’s CEO personally liable, in addition to his company, the court has sent a clear signal to those who think they can devise and profit from a piracy scheme that will escape accountability.

“We are gratified by the court’s careful and thorough analysis of the facts and applicable law.”

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