Judge Caps LimeWire Payout In Music Copyright Case

A US judge has limited the amount of money record labels can seek in damages in their ongoing legal battle against P2P platform LimeWire.

Judge Kimba Wood has ruled that labels will be able to seek damages to the tune of one payment per track infringed rather than the number of downloads.

After the judge had found LimeWire guilty of copyright infringement, record labels were planning to seek billions of dollars in damages. However, that amount will be significantly reduced following the court ruling on how damages should be calculated.

A total of thirteen record labels are pursuing the case of copyright infringement against LimeWire, including Arista, Atlantic, BMG Music, Capital, Elektra, Interscope, Laface, Motown, Priority, Sony BMG, UMG, Virgin and Warner Brothers, according to a report on Reuters. A trial date has been set for May 2nd.

LimeWire has reached a settlement with the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) in the copyright infringement case lodged by the music publishers' trade association. The lawsuit was being pursued by more than 30 music publishers including the EMI Group, Sony Corp and Vivendi SA.

“A settlement was reached. The parties worked hard to achieve a settlement that is a good result for all involved,” an NMPA spokesperson said in a statement.