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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Earlier P2P Judgments Counted Toward LimeWire Penalties

Earlier P2P Judgments Counted Toward LimeWire Penalties

Earlier P2P Judgments Counted Toward LimeWire Penalties

Added: Sunday, April 17th, 2011
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Ridiculous Criminal Trials
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
US District Court Judge decided that the Recording Industry Association of America can still seek statutory damages over the copyrighted works for which the outfit has already been awarded damages. However, she pointed out that the amount in question can be considered while determining the statutory damages against LimeWire.

The music industry’s case against LimeWire becomes more interesting, with a District Judge denying the defendant’s request to have more than a hundred of copyrighted tracks for which the industry has already won statutory damages from the others removed from the list of works for which it is seeking statutory damages against P2P network.

LimeWire claimed that the music industry has already obtained a number of default judgements for statutory damages against individual file-sharers. Those judgements included 1% of the copyrighted works listed in the LimeWire case, which argued that they should therefore be removed from consideration. However, the judge didn’t agree, saying that the Copyright Act lets rights owners to seek statutory damages for all infringements involved in the action. At the same time, she found that the statutory damages awarded in the other mentioned cases constituted over $80,000, and this amount was promised to be taken into account while determining the statutory damages against LimeWire.

In other words, considering all those songs for which the RIAA has already recovered a partial statutory damage award (less than $50,000 of $80,000) from a direct infringer, it can be concluded that the RIAA has already recovered for a part of the infringement LimeWire induced.

As you might remember, one of the most popular P2P networks in the world, LimeWire, was found guilty of copyright violation a year ago, and next month the damages portion of the trial will start. As for the plaintiffs, the music industry has claimed that the network was responsible for trillions of dollars in damages, and demanded that it should have to pay damages per each case of infringement. That time, however, the judge called the demand an “absurdity,” correctly pointing out that the amount claimed would constitute more money than the entire music industry has made since its advent. Currently only a modified version of LimeWire – a so-called “Pirate Edition” – is somewhere in the Internet.

April 17th,2011

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Date:  Sunday, April 17th, 2011

Comments (2) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2011-04-17 21:58:38)
fusion422 avataryou have to laff at the greeeedy music companys if it wasnt for apps like limewire 90% of the up and coming groups bands and soloists wouldnt even be were they were today you have to spreed the word in the form of digital downloads to get anywere in the music industry these days
great read sam

posted by (2011-04-18 03:12:57)
DEMONLORD avataragree with 1, cant go no where is no one has ever heard of you. gotta start somewhere

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