Will LimeWire Be Shuttered Today?
June 7, 2010 at 6:22 AM (PT)
The music biz is asking a federal court to order LIME WIRE to stop streaming advertisements and collecting ad revenue, and to cease offering software upgrades, reports CNET.COM. U.S. District Judge KIMBA WOOD could deliver a knockout blow to LIME WIRE this morning if she agrees to grant the music industry's request for a permanent injunction against the file-sharing service. The top record companies accused LimeWire violating copyright law in a complaint filed August 2006.
The major labels won a copyright judgement against LIME WIRE last month (NET NEWS 5/13). The judge wrote, "The evidence demonstrates that LIME WIRE optimized LIMEWIRE's features to ensure that users can download digital recordings, the majority of which are protected by copyright, and that LIME WIRE assisted users in committing infringement."
The RIAA sued, along with record labels, and wrote in its filing: "Stopping further distribution of the LIMEWIRE Client...is only the first step toward curtailing the irreparable harm to Plaintiffs."
[Have you, or someone you know, ever used LIMEWIRE or another service to download music illegally? What are your thoughts on how these services have hurt the music industry? Share your thoughts below.]