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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Independent Labels Will Sue LimeWire

Independent Labels Will Sue LimeWire

Independent Labels Will Sue LimeWire

Added: Wednesday, July 27th, 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
Although it was considered that legal issues were over for LimeWire when the service had reached a settlement with record labels, it appeared to be not entirely true. Today trouble found the file-sharing service once again.

Now LimeWire is being sued by a number of independent labels that accuse the service of failing to honor a copyright infringement settlement. Rough Trade and Epitaph record labels and a group of artists, including Arcade Fire and Tom Waits, are represented by Merlin that launched a lawsuit against LimeWire a week ago. Merlin claimed that LimeWire didn’t come through with the $105 million agreement the file-sharing service reached with the largest American record labels.

The company issued a statement, confirming that it had filed a breach of contract claim against file-sharing service LimeWire in the District Court. The damages are estimated to be in excess of $5 million. The lawsuit relates to the breach of an agreement to settle claims of Merlin members’ copyrights violation occurred on the company’s P2P service.

Merlin has issued a cease and desist order to LimeWire almost three years ago. Back in 2008, Merlin agreed not to pursue P2P service, because LimeWire promised that if it reached a deal with the largest US labels – Warner, Universal, Sony, and Emi – it would offer Merlin the same deal. In two years the deal in question came down. But a month after it file-sharing service was sued again by National Music Publishers’ Association, which resulted in the shutdown of LimeWire last October, and the P2P service was completely offline by the early 2011. Then, May 2011 came for CBS Interactive and CNET with a lawsuit for facilitating massive copyright violation by merely offering LimeWire software for download.

Despite all this, Merlin claimed that the Lime Entities hadn’t offered to the company and its label members a settlement as they had promised. Merlin says that LimeWire had to offer them the same material terms, i.e. adjusted to account for relative market share, as it did in the settlement with the largest record labels. Instead, the P2P service made no offer to Merlin at all.

According to court filings, today Merlin asks for damages of at least $5 million plus court expenses. Meanwhile, some researches revealed that once the LimeWire file-sharing service went offline, the percentage of American Internet users using peer-to-peer services declined about 7% from 2007.

July 27th,2011

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Date:  Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Comments (5) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2011-07-27 13:29:07)
DEMONLORD avatar5 million plus court cost, the other person doesn't pay for someone else court cost, it isn't the other person falt you are suing them

posted by (2011-07-27 13:31:34)
macbeth avatarLook at the greedy mofos man, all we need to do is shut them down, see how they like it , its bs man, we need to take the power back!

posted by Blocked (2011-07-27 20:13:24)
Crashman_123 avatarCOURT COSTS are not LAWYER'S FEES. Court Costs are APPLIED by the COURT for use of the court room and judge, recorder, etc. The longer a case goes on, the higher the court costs will be, but the fees are not usually that high, unless the case drags on for a while, or gets bumped to a higher court. Each higher court level also has higher court costs. Each side pays their own lawyers fees, but it's almost ALWAYS the loser of a case who pays the court costs.

posted by ET junkieET loverTurtle (2011-07-31 11:15:17)
fusseltier avataryou can't get blood from a turnip.
limewire has already stopped their old practices.
some group made a pirated limewire that still works and people use for downloading music.
are they that greedy they have to reopen the can of worms?
if they made anything anyone really liked, maybe they would buy it, but no one wants to waste money on no talent and mediocre music.

posted by (2011-08-01 10:39:54)
TheSteelGeneral avatarI wish the indies all the luck, but where's the money gonna come from? Limewire, how do they make enough to cough up 105 million, I wonder? Advertisement? that would be amazing.

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