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If you are even slightly connected to the pulse of the Internet, you know that LimeWire is a popular P2P file-sharing application that allows users to download and share music, movies, and other files over the web. However, you may also question how it has been around for over a decade, and managed to stay out of the news (and the courts) unlike its long gone peers, Napster and Grokster.Well, finally it’s LimeWire’s turn to step into the squared circle and get pummeled to the mat by the big record companies.
The newest information about LimeWire’s courtroom battle relates to a recent asset transfer of approximately ninety percent of the ownership stake in the company into an entity which the record company lawyers say is a move to “frustrate a legal judgment” in the case. The record company lawyers are asking U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood to place a freeze on LimeWire’s assets so that any money damages the record companies are entitled to will be able to be (at least partially) paid.
My guess is that Judge Wood will grant the freeze.
P2P file-sharing services are 0-3 in big cases so far, and there seems to be no obvious reason why LimeWire is different from its predecessors — it was just fourth in line to be manhandled by the RIAA. This is not to say that LimeWire won’t put up a good fight, or that P2P is necessarily all bad and/or illegal, but when a judge finds that ninety-eight percent of all content that users attempted to download on your service is either copyrighted, or likely to be copyrighted, it’s tough to argue “substantial non-infringing uses.”
– Chris Lantz
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