Thursday, July 24, 2008

Thirteen record labels ask judge for ruling against LimeWire

Thirteen record labels have filed for a summary judgement to their two-year old case against peer-to-peer file swapping service LimeWire, seeking to bring a swift end to the drawn-out conflict.

In 2006, the Recording Industry Association of America sued LimeWire seeking $150,000 per occurrence of illicit music sharing, claiming the service participated in "inducement of copyright infringement, contributatory copyright infringement, and with respect to pre-1972 recordings, common law copyright infringement and state law unfair competition."

LimeWire countersued shortly thereafter with claims of unfair business practices by the RIAA, which thwarted LimeWire's attempts at setting up a legal download service, but the courts dismissed the suit.

Friday's request for a summary judgement was filed in the US District Court of New York's Southern District, asserting that LimeWire has taken no steps to prevent copyright infringement through illegal file sharing.

A summary judgement is a verdict without a full trial, and the movement for one is, in lay terms, the record labels' assertion that LimeWire's infringement is a fact beyond any doubt that requires no trial.

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