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In a decision that could mean sweeping changes to file sharing in the United States, a federal court has found the company that operates file-sharing service LimeWire liable for copyright infringement, according to court records reviewed by CNET.
U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood, for the Southern District of New York, on Tuesday granted summary judgment in favor of the music industry's claims that Lime Group, parent of LimeWire software maker Lime Wire, and founder Mark Gorton committed copyright infringement, engaged in unfair competition, and induced copyright infringement.
Wood's ruling could at the very least mean a shift in the downloading habits of millions. The logical next step by the Recording Industry Association of America, the trade group representing the four largest recording companies, is to get a preliminary injunction and force Lime Wire to cease LimeWire's file-sharing functionality.
Overturned on appeal, limewire doesn't own, host or claim to own any files or content. the same rules apply to every site equally so by that brush email, facebook and any other site that connects people together must also be shut down.
The ruling says "overturn me" already.
In my opinion this is no different than me recording a song off the radio, burning it on a CD, letting my friend make a copy, who lets his friend make a copy and so on. Would they sue the radio station?