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Limewire suit against music labels thrown out of US federal court

Written by Rich Fiscus (Google+) @ 04 Dec 2007 0:38 User comments (7)

Limewire suit against music labels thrown out of US federal court On Monday a federal judge in the U.S. threw out an antitrust suit against a group of major music labels by Lime Group LLC, owners of the Limewire P2P service.
After the case was filed the record labels filed a motion to have it dismissed, which the judge granted, saying that the file sharing company had failed to "allege an adverse effect on competition market-wide." In other words they hadn't shown any damages that could be legally attributed to the labels.

Other claims for damages under state laws were also dismissed, but without prejudice. Dismissal without prejudice essentially amounts to a no-decision that would allow these claims to be filed again.

Lime Group claimed that recording industry officials had conspired with each other to shut Limewire out of the legal download business. Their lawyers claimed that label representatives refusal to make a deal that would have established a legally licensed download service, and also that they engaged in hacking of the Limewire network.

The judge rejected the claim of conspiracy, noting that executives' decisions appeared to be independent of each other, and amounted to legitimate business dealings. While he didn't actually rule on whether the alleged (attempted) hacking actually occured, or whether the labels were responsible, he did rule that those things wouldn't be anti-competitive.

Source: Associated Press

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7 user comments

14.12.2007 15:54
vinny13
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Limewire sucks. They're useless. Ares is way better, or Azureus if your a Bittorent fan...

25.12.2007 3:22
SamNz
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Originally posted by vinny13:
Limewire sucks. They're useless. Ares is way better, or Azureus if your a Bittorent fan...
ill second that but frostwire is ok open source :)nd ares is good as well

37.12.2007 14:31

I have to agree Lime wire is virus riden crap. How could they even think that they would have a chance at winning this?!?!?!

48.12.2007 19:36

The man wins again. just goes to show you. money talks and bs walks.
The internet is slowly becoming another money maker for big bizz.
if it is not already.

514.12.2007 11:58

Originally posted by maz057:
I have to agree Lime wire is virus riden crap. How could they even think that they would have a chance at winning this?!?!?!

All P2P software is bound to have viruses. You just gotta be smart when downloading.

614.12.2007 12:06

Lime wire was designed by, and is for use by windows users. I have never had any type of virus on my mac. So it does have to do with the fact that it was made poorly enough for someone to design hacks and viruses for it. Viruses are only as powerful as the OS they are desinged to ruin, Mostly windows.

723.12.2007 16:40

After reading this article i would have to say that you can not go to court fully prepared and go to court i feel that they could have got somewhere if they had a more back up measure.

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