Lime Wire Sued for More Money Than the Entire Music Industry has Earned Since Edison's Invention of the Phonograph


Thu, Mar 24th, 2011 12:00 by capnasty NEWS

Thirteen record companies are suing the file-sharing company Lime Wire for copyright infringement, asking for damages that's five times the U.S. national debt. Manhattan federal district court judge Kimba Wood, called the request "absurd." From the article in

The record companies, which had demanded damages ranging from $400 billion to $75 trillion, had argued that Section 504(c)(1) of the Copyright Act provided for damages for each instance of infringement where two or more parties were liable. For a popular site like Lime Wire, which had thousands of users and millions of downloads, Wood held that the damage award would be staggering under this interpretation. "If plaintiffs were able to pursue a statutory damage theory predicated on the number of direct infringers per work, defendants' damages could reach into the trillions," she wrote. "As defendants note, plaintiffs are suggesting an award that is 'more money than the entire music recording industry has made since Edison's invention of the phonograph in 1877.'"

Perhaps the only solution to online piracy is to either start charging less for a music CD (it doesn't sound like it's that expensive to make a CD yet I'm still paying almost $20 for an album). Or for musicians to stop using the middle-man and using social media and the Internet to market themselves.



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