Record Labels Target LimeWire For Internet Piracy

Law360 (August 7, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The big record companies continued their long-term assault against illegal music downloads on Friday, suing the makers of LimeWire software for allegedly allowing thousands of copyrighted songs to be pirated.

In court documents filed with the U.S. District Court in Manhattan, the four major record companies—Universal Music, Sony BMG, EMI Group Plc. and Warner Music Group Corp.—alleged that LimeWire was specifically designed to make and distribute sound recordings without paying royalties.

“The scope of infringement caused by defendants is staggering,” the complaint said.

“Despite numerous efforts...
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