Verdicts & Settlements

LimeWire Copyright Infringement Suit Resolved, Music Publishers Settle

Corrected: Harmony is restored between music publishers and online file-sharing service LimeWire.

Music publishers’ claims against LimeWire and its founder, Mark Gorton, are dismissed, with each party paying its own legal costs, according to a filing made in a New York federal court Monday, Bloomberg reported. The reason for the dismissal was not given in the filing.

The publishers—including Warner Music Group Corp., units of Sony Corp. and Vivendi SA—sued LimeWire for damages after a ruling by U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood in May in favor of record companies that found the file-sharing site liable of copyright infringement, Hollywood, Esq. reports. But the case Wood ruled in, which was brought by record companies claiming $1 billion in damages, is still set to go to trial in May.

Additional coverage:

Reuters: “Lime Wire, music publishers settle copyright case”

Updated March 10 to correctly note that a case between record companies and LimeWire is ongoing.

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