As Expected, Limewire Sued; Courts Get To Discuss The Inducement Standard
from the next-up dept
As has been widely expected, the RIAA has officially gone after Limewire today. Following the Supreme Court Grokster decision that didn't actually say Grokster was guilty of copyright infringement (just that they could be liable if they were found to have "induced" copyright infringement), the RIAA simply pretended that the ruling meant all file sharing apps were illegal and sent out warning letters to a bunch of them. Many shut down or tried to come up with other business models, while most users simply moved on to whatever else there was (and there were plenty of options). It looks like popular file sharing app Limewire continued to resist -- so now the RIAA is suing. What will be interesting is to see how far this case goes. If history is any indication, the RIAA will do its best to make the case as expensive as possible for Limewire, so they feel compelled to settle or just disappear completely. However, the firm does have a defense: they just need to show that they were not actively "inducing" copyright infringement -- even if that's what their software was often used for. They might want to take notes on Torrentspy's case against the MPAA.