LimeWire Settles Copyright Lawsuit with Music Publishers

Paul Lilly

Some in the music industry may have discovered that it's pointless to beat a dead horse, or in this case, a defunct file sharing service called LimeWire. Mark Gorton, founder of the once immensely popular peer-to-peer file sharing service, settled a copyright infringement suit brought on by more than 30 publishers, including those associated with EMI, Sony, and Vivendi.

According to a report in Reuters , the case was dismissed with prejudice, which means Gorton doesn't have to worry about this ever going to court again.

"A settlement was reached," a spokeswoman for the National Music Publishers Association said. "The parties worked hard to achieve a settlement that is a good result for all involved."

The dispute over copyright infringement dates all the way back to 2006. In May of last year, a federal judge sided with the music industry, ultimately ringing a death knell for LimeWire.

Terms of the settlement were not disclosed, though according to PaidContent.org , LimeWire isn't completely out of the woods. While music publishers reached an agreement and are ready to move on, there hasn't been any settlement with the record labels. There will be a trial later this year to determine how much damages LimeWire will have to pay.

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