May 14, 2010

File Sharing Company LimeWire Liable for Copyright Infringement

The RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) wins big in their lawsuit against LimeWire.

U.S. Federal Court in New York ruled that LimeWire, and founder Mark Gorton committed copyright infringement, engaged in unfair competition, and induced copyright infringement.

RIAA is saying that LimeWire should be liable for $150,000 for each, that's right each copyrighted worked that was shared.

LimeWire has not only affected the record and film industry, but to a certain extent the radio industry also. Music consumers get new music to download for free with LimeWire's file sharing software which means radio listeners may hear a new song on the radio; but those days spending time waiting to hear it again on the radio, until the album is released, no longer exists. Most likely someone has already uploaded it on LimeWire. Which is illegal. However LimeWire allows users to share that uploaded file.

This will undoubtedly change downloading habits for millions of Americans. One benefit of course is this may lessen the opportunities for users to download a virus onto their computer also. LimeWire software was downloaded more than 340,000 times last week according to CNET. Read more

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