Thursday, May 13, 2010

US judge rules against LimeWire in music piracy case

A US judge has ruled in favor of 13 music companies in a copyright case against popular online file-sharing service LimeWire. Relying heavily on a Supreme Court judgement against song-swapping service Grokster, US District Court Judge Kimba Wood found LimeWire and its owner Mark Gorton liable for copyright infringement and unfair competition. "The evidence establishes that LimeWire users directly infringed plaintiffs' copyrights, and that LimeWire engaged in purposeful conduct intended to foster that infringement," Wood said in a 59-page ruling on Tuesday that was released on Wednesday. "Free distribution of the recordings through LimeWire competes with plaintiffs' sales of the recordings," Wood said. "Accordingly, the court grants plaintiffs' motion for summary judgment on their unfair competition claim against LimeWire," she said.
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