eDonkey Settles for $30M and Shuts Down after Adverse Ruling
After a judge in New York's southern district ruled that eDonkey facilitated illegal activity by allowing users to swap copyrighted material over the eDonkey2000 network, MetaMachine Inc., the firm behind eDonkey, Overnet and their P2P variants, has agreed to cease distribution of their P2P software and to pay the RIAA $30 million to avoid a copyright infringement suit. The company also agreed to take measures to curtail file sharing by existing eDonkey and Overnet users. Despite the shutdown and settlement, existing users of eDonkey, and an open source version called eMule, will likely go on sharing files unabated. While BearShare, Kazza, Grokster and others have settled with the RIAA, Warez P2P, Limewire and Soulseek are examples of major P2P services that have not settled. The judge must approve the final terms of the eDonkey settlement.
- eDonkey Settles for $30M and Shuts Down after Adverse Ruling (September 12, 2006)
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- Music Industry Releases New Waive of Lawsuits (April 4, 2006)
- Hollywood Hails eDonkey P2P Shutdown (February 22, 2006)