RIAA asks court to close down LimeWire

The music industry has asked a federal court in New York to order a shutdown of the LimeWire file-sharing service, CNET reports. Lawyers working for the Recording Industry Association of America, the trade group for the four top record companies, filed documents on June 4 requesting that a U.S. District Court in Manhattan grant them a permanent injunction against the country’s largest commercial file-sharing service. “Every day that Lime Wire’s conduct continues unabated guarantees harm to plaintiffs that money damages cannot and will not compensate,” RIAA lawyers wrote to U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood. “The scope of the infringements that Lime Wire induced … boggles the mind.” Last month, Wood granted summary judgment in favor of the music industry’s claims that Lime Group and founder Mark Gorton committed copyright infringement, engaged in unfair competition, and induced copyright infringement. According to legal experts, Wood’s decision was probably “fatal” for the nearly 10-year-old file-sharing service…

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