Limewire Settles For $105 Million; How Much Of That Will Go To Artists?
from the you-get-three-guesses dept
Of course, $105 million is significantly less than what the RIAA had been asking for -- with the judge practically mocking the labels at one point for suggesting that Limewire was on the hook for $75 trillion -- or "more money than the entire music recording industry has made since Edison's invention of the phonograph in 1877." $105 million is also significantly less than the $1 billion that was the whisper number making the rounds that the labels were demanding.
The real question, though, is what will happen to the money, and how much of it (if any) will actually go to any of the artists signed to those labels. If any RIAA label artists receive a check from this lawsuit, please let us know. I expect we'll be waiting a long, long time. In the meantime, we're still curious if this shutdown of Limewire has resulted in any increased sales. A couple months ago, we had an interesting discussion on the topic, and looked at some evidence on both sides. I think it may be too early to tell, but it'll be worth watching to see what the eventual evidence shows.