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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Limewire Held Liable for Infringement

Limewire Held Liable for Infringement

Limewire Held Liable for Infringement

Added: Monday, May 17th, 2010
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
The RIAA was celebrating the ruling against Limewire recently, made by the district judge in federal court. The RIAA has brought the case against Limewire’s creator Mark Gorton, which has soon turned into the industry’s quest to accuse the service of the copyright violation of its users.


Finally the court ruled that both the file-sharing service and its CEO are liable for unfair competition, copyright infringement and forcing the users to violate the copyright law, thus causing some potentially high financial penalties.

Mitch Bainwol, the CEO and chairman for RIAA, called the definitive ruling “an extraordinary victory” for the whole creative industry. He believes that the court clearly pointed out that Limewire is responsible for provoking the widespread copyright theft.

The case began long ago in 2006, and can be a clear testament to the slowness of the justice system in terms of the Internet evolving. Since then the file-sharing service in question has been far ago eclipsed by lots of faster and safer alternatives, one of them being BitTorrent. That means that the RIAA can only think of this ruling as of a hallow victory. The only lesson you can learn from this case is that profiting from illegal P2P isn’t such a good idea.

Bainwol also pointed out that the outcome of the case was “predictable”, as Limewire was one of the biggest commercial peer-to-peer services that didn’t care about any licenses or filters aimed at discontinuing the illegal conduct. The ruling of finding the CEO of the service personally liable was no less than a clear signal to others thinking of a possibility to profit from similar piracy scheme. Well, profiting from the others’ hard work has always been known as a wrong deed, but the industry believes the users of Limewire didn’t know they were violating the law.

For example, John Kennedy, the chairman and CEO for the IFPI calls this service a “huge stumbling block” in the attempt of a music industry to adjust their business model to that of a digital age. In his opinion, most of the P2P users have been somehow unaware that downloading such content is illegal. Too bad he didn’t introduce us to at least a couple of them. Wouldn’t you like to see who they are – people, strongly believing in Limewire being a legitimate music site? Most of them? It’s a strange world Kennedy lives in.

Nevertheless, the industry has got a result – four years and millions of dollars spent for a case that was originally a trifle. Good job!

May 17th, 2010

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Date:  Monday, May 17th, 2010

Comments (12) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2010-05-17 13:53:14)
ic3m4l3 avatarwow nice read sam

posted by ET loverSupermanTurtle (2010-05-17 14:03:16)
zuluDROOG avatarLimewire? What's Limewire? But seriously, if the legal system continues to TRAIL at an exponential rate (see the timeline for the Napster trial) as opposed to the exponential GROWTH of computer technology (applications, protocols and hardware) then the legal profession really needs to find a way to entice young people away from say... an IT career. I find this article re-assuring. Thanks SaM!

posted by SuperAdmin (2010-05-17 15:16:25)
ozi avatarif i remember correctly Limewire uses Java
if you are a Java and Limewire user BEWARE Java has been been keeping track of us for a long time
i also thought id put java to the test the other day i installed it all explorers plus system blocked it a it was trying to corrupt and insert government crap into my system
so just think about what java has become it's not like it used to be
you don't have to take my word for it this is just my personal experiences with java
i don't trust it anymore

posted by Blocked (2010-05-17 17:08:58)
No avatarwell they did say its not over yet so let see whats gonna habben

posted by Blocked (2010-05-17 19:19:30)
No avatarLime wire! that was the sh1t at one time i used to get all my music from there.

posted by Blocked (2010-05-17 22:41:06)
menahunie avatarI have a simple idea and many people do it..
Record your music off of the radio...
Hmmm does that mean the RIAA is now going after ALL the radio stations for putting their "copyrighted" material on the air to share with everyone?
Seems this very situation is why the RIAA is working hard pushing those corrupt politicians in acting this "Performance Tax" radio station are going to have to pay for playing RIAA music on the air. I remember when the RIAA was paying radio station to play their music.
The few times i listen to music on the radio is when I can take it for a few minutes then turn it off.
Because the "music" is crap.
Case in point - hip hop song where HOMES is singing how he takes off his shirt and all the HO's scream.. Jeez...
Most of the music on the radio sounds like a cat at 3 AM going ass first through a meat grinder..

posted by (2010-05-17 23:40:38)
jammybaby avatari agree with u mena ...music these days is outright pathetic...its like u record 2 pl fighting n just put music in it ..walah! u got a hit song ..ppl will listen to anything if som1 said it was kool ...

posted by (2010-05-18 03:31:41)
Brynn217 avatarLimewire is still the best place to get single songs... the albums or colllections we get here or other torrent sites sometimes is very lacking.Hate to see it go...

posted by (2010-05-18 09:44:37)
kendog avatarThank you sam. and thank you oziman,i did not know that about java. also intresting point about radio. silly thought but what about carrol singers? most xmas carrols are copywrighted. they shuld go after carrolers,i bloody hate them...lol.

posted by Blocked (2010-05-19 23:41:07)
menahunie avatarI thought you all might find this link interesting.
It is about copyright material and when it becomes public domain

posted by Blocked (2010-05-20 21:52:54)
phoenixcrash avatarRIAA, lawsuits, infringement? Let those fools waste their time and money trying to stop something you'll never stop. In case those bitches didn't know, piracy puts money in their pockets. If we like what we download, we buy it! If we don't like it, we don't buy it! Lawsuits won't help stop piracy or even slow it down. For instance, Sony spent several million (probably more than several) to create "MagicGate" technology to prevent bootleg games from being circulated. What happened? Some guy cracked that shit in his grandma's basement, and all it cost him was some time. Right now the PS3 has been cracked, people are working on ripping movies from Netflix, and besides, if all else fails we can just go to the local video store and do it the old way: Rent it,Rip it,Return it. Besides, the only thing they are working towards is pushing online piracy underground (where you'll never be able to touch us). Then what the f*ck you gonna do? That's right, not a damn thing.

posted by Blocked (2010-05-20 21:55:50)
phoenixcrash avatarBTW, oziman (post #3) is 100% right about Java. Avoid it if at all possible. Research it and you might find who funds Java development. You might just be surprised...

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