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Music Industry Sues Limewire

Categories: BigMedia v P2P Providers

Text of Complaint
Text of LimeWire’s Counter Claim
Like Napster, Kazaa, Grokster, Streamcast, Bearshare and others before it, the music industry has set its legal sights on LimeWire, a leading P2P content distribution service. In a suit filed in Manhattan federal court, the record companies accuse LimeWire of profiting from illicit downloads of their music, saying “the scope of the infringement is massive”. In the complaint they are accused of contributory copyright infringement, vicarious copyright infringement, and, uniquely, common law copyright infringement. In September of 2005, Limewire and other P2P software providers were served with cease and desist letters. Since then BearShare, eDonkey and WinMX all ceased operations as a result of the letter. LimeWire continued.

Sources: CNet | Slyck | L.A. Times (AP) | DRM Watch | ZDNet | Silicon.com | Afterdawn | CD Freaks | Reuters

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  • James

    I have a problem with this whole topic of sharing music, and complaining about….

    First of all music from a CD in (WMA format) you buy is over 1,100 Kbs… when it is put on to limewire or any other sharing download site, it is drastically reduced in quality… down to 190Kbs or even 128Kbs….. much of the quality of the sound are gone… so if people want a crapy version with distortion and lack of clarity, let them have it…

    As well, as a musician myself, I see this as free advertising…. I know many people who download bands they never heard before….. after hearing much of their music, they discover they really like the band and buy the actual album that has the most of their favorite songs… this way guaranteed to like it… It’s kinda like renting a video game to try it out at blockbuster video, before buying one for yourself… It would suck if you bought a game you later hated… or bought an album to find you only like one song, and hate the rest… Geee how many times has that happened…

    Basically I see it as a way for people to test out a bands music, first, before commiting to purchasing it…

    I don’t see it as a problem

    On the other hand, we can’t go into all 4 billion peoples homes world wide, to see if someone is giving a friend a copy of someones music… there will always be people who are dishonest in this world…

    Face reality… those who can afford to buy will buy… and those who are poor, or greedy, will copy no matter what we do…

    So trying to stop this in my opinion is like trying to hold back the sun from shinning on the earth… either way you loose…

    1. you can get burnt…

    2. if sun goes out, everything freezes and dies…

    So I see all this as a no win situation…

    sincerely

    James…