WaTunes: Publishers sue LimeWire
Eight music publishers have taken legal action against LimeWire, accusing it of facilitating mass copyright infringement.
The coalition of publishers – including EMI, Sony/ATV, Warner/Chappell, Universal, Bug and Peermusic – are seeking up to $15,000 (£10,230) for each song infringed on the service.
The New York Times interviewed National Music Publishers' Association CE David Israelite about the timing of this action, coming as it does mere weeks after a federal court found LimeWire liable for copyright infringement.
“We want to be at the table for any discussions about settlements,” he said. “We're looking for more than cessation of infringement; we're looking for damages for all of the infringement done over the years.”
Last week, Music Week spoke to LimeWire CEO George Searle about the case. He claimed that the company was working on a new and legal music service that he saw as a “unique opportunity” for the music industry.
Details of what this service will look like are currently unclear but Searle suggested it “will have unrestricted downloading and streaming” and music on it will be “easy to use and easy to pay for”.
In the RIAA's action against LimeWire, it was reported that 93% of its traffic was made up of infringing content, its software has been downloaded more than 200m times and it has 50m unique users a month.
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