AllOfMP3 Aquited Of Copyright Violations; LimeWire Going Legit?
August 16, 2007 at 6:19 AM (PT)
The former owner of ALLOFMP3.COM has been acquitted of copyright offences by a RUSSIAN court while controversial file-sharing service LIMEWIRE has decided to go legit.
A case brought by the music industry against DENIS KVASOV and the ALLOFMP3.COM website was dismissed on WEDNESDAY after a court in MOSCOW ruled that the site had operated within the bounds of RUSSIAN law. If found guilty, KVASOV faced up to three years jail and would have been liable to pay as much as EUR420,000 in damages to EMI, WARNER MUSIC GROUP and UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP, who had filed the case.
In related news, the company which distributes the LIMEWIRE peer-to-peer file-sharing application, has announced plans to open a digital music store. LIMEWIRE, which has previously been involved in a legal dispute with the RECORDING INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA (RIAA), is planning on going legit after signing a deal with IRIS DISTRIBUTION AND NETTWERK PRODUCTIONS for content.
While details are sketchy at present, it is believed the new service is DRM-free and that downloads will be offered at 256Kbp/s and supplied in mp3 format. Pricing details are currently unknown, but the firm has said that it will allow users to sign up for a monthly subscription or to buy tracks or albums individually.