“The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has claimed victory against LimeWire after a years-long battle,” Don Reisinger writes for Electronista. “Earlier this week, a US District Court ruled that the file-sharing site was responsible for causing copyright infringement through its service.”
“‘The following factors, taken together, establish that LW intended to encourage infringement by distributing LimeWire: (1) LW’s awareness of substantial infringement by users; (2) LW’s efforts to attract infringing users; (3) LW’s efforts to enable and assist users to commit infringement; (4) LW’s dependence on infringing use for the success of its business; and (5) LW’s failure to mitigate infringing activities,’ Judge Kimba Wood ruled,” Reisinger reports.
“The result of the ruling could mean the end of LimeWire, a long-time file-sharing service that enjoyed nearly unprecedented success in the market,” Reisinger writes. “LimeWire CEO George Searle said in a statement that although his company is displeased by the ruling, it plans to work ‘with the entire music industry’ going forward to deliver music-based services that appeal to listeners.”
“For its part, the RIAA couldn’t be happier. The organization wrote in a statement that the ‘ruling is an extraordinary victory for the entire creative community.’ It went on to say that it was ‘gratified by the court’s careful and thorough analysis of the facts and applicable law,'” Reisinger writes. “But whether or not the RIAA’s victory will actually work in the music industry’s favor is decidedly up for debate.”
Full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]