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LimeWire Settles Copyright Infringement Case 47

Posted by timothy
from the ok-ok-uncle dept.
An anonymous reader writes "LimeWire LLC has settled the copyright infringement case brought against them by the National Music Publishers Association. The music publishers, which include Sony and Warner Music Group, sued LimeWire for copyright infringement last June. However, today all claims brought against LimeWire LLC and Chief Executive Mark Gorton were dismissed following a filing in a New York federal court. LimeWire have so far made no comments in relation to the settlement and the figure was not disclosed, but it is understood that each side will pay its own costs incurred including attorneys' fees. The music publisher's are (as always) pleased with the outcome and said 'We are pleased this litigation is over... the parties worked hard to achieve a settlement that is a good result for all involved.' LimeWire will fight on as the case brought against them by 13 record companies is due on May 2."
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LimeWire Settles Copyright Infringement Case

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  • by MrEricSir (398214) on Tuesday March 08, 2011 @08:06PM (#35425244) Homepage

    Cisco, Broadcom, Intel... hell even Darpa! Without the internet, piracy would be less of a problem. Sue everyone.

    • Without "piracy" and the other gray stuff (hint: also begins with a "p"), the Internet would be a far less interesting place. (I hate the "p" word when used for unlicensed digital duplication. Real piracy is something far more terrible than losing one's copy monopoly.)
      • by Moryath (553296) on Tuesday March 08, 2011 @08:28PM (#35425400)

        Well, there's always the parable of the loaves and the fishes [biblemeanings.info].

        We could call it "Jesusing" or "Jesusery" instead of "Piracy."

        If nothing else, it'd get the fundie xtians' panties in a wad.

        • It's even appropriate. If loaves and fishes could be copied freely, the economic damage would be terrible. How many people are employed in food production? It must be in the tens of millions, even if you exclude subsistance farmers. They would all be out of work. Everyone from the farmers to the factory workers to the truck drivers. Then the knockon effects as advertising and retail suffer would worsen it even further.
          • Never having to worry about starvation ever again outweighs the loss of jobs, at least in my mind.

            Taking this a step further, let's say we can freely copy housing as well. There goes my number 1 and number 3 largest monthly expenses: shelter and food. Take those expenses away, and I almost don't need a job anymore. That doesn't sound so bad to me...
            • At least until you run out of land because everyone has built a small mansion and a solar field. But no matter: your handy replicator can always produce weapons instead to defend yourself from the people who want your precious sunlight.

              I'm sure there is a dystopian science-fiction novel in this concept somewhere. Replication renders all resources plentiful but energy, causing the collapse of governments - and in their place rise feudal societies in a constant struggle for land.
        • by drinkypoo (153816)

          Calling it Jesusing is probably not the way to go [hyperlogos.org], but it would be great if we the people of the internet could agree on an alternative term.

    • by blair1q (305137)

      Wait. Do you have ears?

      Get in the lawsuit.

    • Why not sue everyone whose ever got the song stuck in their head? I mean, its the rights of the artist to recreate the emotive responses you have to their work. Its only fair.
      • They would if they could.

        Any bets that every penny of the settlement not going to the lawyers is divvied up between the labels and applied directly to their coke and whore budget, with exactly $0 going to all their oh-so-important artists?

    • by antdude (79039)

      Al Gore too. J/K. ;)

  • by Anonymous Coward

    That with all their money and supposed talent... The music industry can't PAY someone to give them a clue.

    Altho to be fair that would be a tough job in this case... The music industry seems to be willfully stupid.

  • Money (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Dan East (318230) on Tuesday March 08, 2011 @08:12PM (#35425292) Homepage Journal

    Where do outfits like this get their cash? Did they really sell many copies of Limewire Pro? Their potential customer base is people that don't want to pay for music, so I wouldn't think they would be all that inclined to buy software either (especially when the free version works just fine).

    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      by Anonymous Coward

      Limewire was really a pet project run by a guy who has a hedgefund and a stock trading company, i doubt cashflow was ever a worry.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Gorton [wikipedia.org]

    • by Anonymous Coward
    • by Anonymous Coward

      Google mark gorton tower research capital. I'd say that's where his money came from. The lime empire is pretty big and no doubt why the record companies have fought so hard. If they can't make good music they might as well get money from people who make money.

    • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

      by Anonymous Coward

      Not only the free version worked fine but the stuff was free software, too. Many forks existed and still exist -- not to mention LimeWire Pirate Edition. Basically, they made money practicing what they preach -- the mafiaa should have tried to learn from them instead of trying to kill them but hey...

      And yeah, I had paid for the PRO version. I didn't have to, I could have grabbed a pirated version (or get stuff done with other Gnutella servents, I really like gtk-gnutella) but I just liked the idea of suppor

    • Re:Money (Score:5, Interesting)

      by Kjella (173770) on Tuesday March 08, 2011 @09:35PM (#35425842) Homepage

      Not all are too bright and the ads were pretty deceptive. I do remember reading an interview with some soccer mom that had so barely caught that this free downloading thing was illegal, so she had bought the kids Limewire Pro (or maybe one of the others, my details are vague) and thought that this was for pay, so this is legal and all that. Of course she'd gotten some copyright nastygram and was very upset and all that, couldn't understand how they were allowed to sell such a thing etc. so yes they made some sales. Funny how 30$ doesn't buy you a license to all the music and whatnot in the world, eh? Never underestimate the gullibility of many people, they might not be Nigerian scam victim-class but pretty bad anyway. The kind you see on rent-a-coder who think they'll get an iTunes clone for 200$ and such.

    • "Great! Let's advertise on ThePirateBay, a site whose users are often there because they can't or won't pay for stuff."

  • .. if you've read the summary, that is. Looks like it's sourced from a P2P forum/social news site.
  • by tsotha (720379) on Tuesday March 08, 2011 @09:32PM (#35425832)
    What does LimeWire have to trade? The only thing I can come up with is user information, traffic logs - that kind of thing. I'm thinking if I were ever a LimeWire user I'd be a little nervous right now.
    • by compro01 (777531)

      It's not what limewire has, it's what Lime Group has and that includes a hedge fund company (Tower Research Capital LLC), a medical software company (Lime Medical), and a stock brokerage (Lime Brokerage LLC).

      • by maroberts (15852)
        One would presume that Limewire was a separate company from the others and it can separately go bankrupt, It is difficult to pierce the corporate veil to drag the assets of parent companies into play. In other words, I'd be highly surprised if Lime Group was held liable for the actions of Limewire. Also see "Hollywood accounting" for how this works
  • If I were representing the music industry, this is what I'd do...

    1) Go to Limewire and offer them $20M in cold hard cash, an iron-clad settlement for $0 and the ability to dissolve their business peacefully in exchange for them releasing a version of Limewire that contains code that actually tracks user transactions with audio and video files. Stuff like sending back to the RIAA a list of "Windows/Mac user johnqsmith from IP address A.B.C.D successfully sent file 01 - Top Hit.mp3"

    2) I'd even fund Limewire's

    • by coolmadsi (823103)

      1) Go to Limewire and offer them $20M in cold hard cash, an iron-clad settlement for $0 and the ability to dissolve their business peacefully in exchange for them releasing a version of Limewire that contains code that actually tracks user transactions with audio and video files. Stuff like sending back to the RIAA a list of "Windows/Mac user johnqsmith from IP address A.B.C.D successfully sent file 01 - Top Hit.mp3"

      I'm sure there would be (more if there are not already) people re-naming random files to "01 - Top Hit.mp3" even if they actually are "01 - CC Song.mp3" (or "Nasty Visus.mp3.exe")

  • I would like to retract comments I have made in the past about the mafiaa using a failed business model. I was watching a lawyer show when it dawned on me that these companies aren't the only ones who are trying to make more and more of their money from litigation. In the US there are a whole industry of companies and individuals whose whole income is based in litigation. While we can all agree that their old model, sell a cd for $30 and give 50c to the artist is failing, their new litigation model has the
  • Thats how big business works, one falls they take everyone down with them. Unfortunately Im partnered with sony [xl2400.org] but i dont think this will have too much of an effect. Interesting read to say the least, gives good insight to how things really go on behind the scenes.

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