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The final pirate ship sinking?

posted May 31, 2010, 1:05 pm by Brian Rutherford | Filed Under Music News | comment 1 Comment

Tags:, Limewire, Pirate Ship

Sure, there will always be another three or twelve file-sharing sites in the shadows. But, times have changed, and its just not worth the hassle to most music consumers anymore. Viruses and the constant fear of the next round of lawsuits, when will your lotto number be picked?

Last Friday (5.28.10) reported the end is near for Limewire… See full size image

Two weeks ago, a federal court ruled that online file-sharing site LimeWire was guilty of copyright infringement, giving the RIAA and the major labels a big victory in the battle over illegal file sharing. Now experts say that time is running out for LimeWire and it will likely be ordered to shut down in early June.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, attorneys for LimeWire owners Lime Group filed a motion with the court, asking Judge Kimba Wood to reconsider her decision, on the grounds that the judge made multiple mistakes in the case. For example, saying that LimeWire founder Mark Gorton was receiving a direct financial benefit from online copyright infringement. The motion also says that the judge did not consider whether Lime Group could actually supervise actions on LimeWire.

CNet‘s Greg Sandoval calls the court motion a “Hail Mary pass” from Lime Group, and says that instead of the judge changing her ruling, it is more likely that the RIAA will ask Wood for an injunction at a scheduled hearing on June 7, which will force Lime Wire to shut down for good.

Additionally, music industry sources tell CNet that Lime Group has reached out to the major labels to seek a compromise, but the file-sharing site has “generated a lot of bad blood with music executives” over the years by never making an effort to go legit and share its revenue with the labels and artists.

A Lime Group representative said in a statement to CNet, “We will continue to maintain an open dialogue with the rights holders and push forward with our objective of working in concert with the music industry.”

With reports of the R.I.A.A.’s inevitable lunge, what’s next? Are you someone who must soon jump ship? Or did you already adapt when Metallica brought down Napster? Are you Torrenting? Do you pay for your music?


One Response to “The final pirate ship sinking?”

  1. Profile photo of Brian Rutherford Brian Rutherford on June 16th, 2010 7:50 pm


    Can LimeWire Go Legit?

    June 16, 2010
    It is expected that popular file-sharing site LimeWire will be ordered to shut down later this month, following a U.S. District Court declaring it was guilty of copyright infringement. However, the company is reportedly thinking of following in Napster’s footsteps and going legit.
    LimeWire managers tell CNet that they plan to transform the site into a legal, digital music store. “It will have unrestricted downloading and streaming,” a spokeswoman said in a statement. “It will be easy-to-use and easy to pay for. It will allow consumers to better discover music through advanced search tools, find more recommendations, and have access to millions of songs on-demand.”
    However, CNet’s Greg Sandoval questions whether the labels would want to have anything to do with a legit LimeWire. The RIAA and the major labels are the ones currently battling LimeWire in court and who asked for it to be shut down. LimeWire hasn’t shown a new, legit service to the major labels yet either.
    CNet’s sources also say that the major labels and LimeWire met at least three times over the past 18 months to discuss the creation of a legal service, but the labels were “rebuffed” each time.
    Last week, LimeWire’s lawyers were given two weeks to respond to the RIAA’s motion. Once LimeWire files its response, the RIAA gets another two weeks in turn to reply to that response, though U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood could theoretically make a ruling any time after the LimeWire filing.

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