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RIAA Wins: Limewire Found Liable for Copyright Infringment
May 12, 2010
Thomas Mennecke
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We've just received word that Limewire was found liable for copyright infringement. Limewire was the last P2P holdout and founder of the rejuvenated Gnutella network. Unlike most P2P developers who capitualated to the RIAA after the MGM vs Grokster decision, Limewire stood behind and found. However, it appears Limewire has ultimately lost its battle against the music industry. From RIAA Chairman & CEO Mitch Bainwol:

"This definitive ruling is an extraordinary victory for the entire
creative community. The court made clear that LimeWire was liable for
inducing widespread copyright theft.

"LimeWire is one of the largest remaining commercial peer-to-peer
services. Unlike other P2P services that negotiated licenses, imposed
filters or otherwise chose to discontinue their illegal conduct
following the Supreme Court's decision in the Grokster case, LimeWire
instead thumbed its nose at the law and creators. The court's decision
is an important milestone in the creative community's fight to reclaim
the Internet as a platform for legitimate commerce. By finding
LimeWire's CEO personally liable, in addition to his company, the court
has sent a clear signal to those who think they can devise and profit
from a piracy scheme that will escape accountability.

"We are gratified by the court's careful and thorough analysis of the
facts and applicable law."

We will add more to this article soon. Until then, read the decision here.

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