Monday, August 07, 2006

Trademark News: A Lawsuit with a Twist

Labels such as Sony BMG ®, Universal ®, Warner ® & EMI ® have filed a lawsuit against LimeWire ®.

The damages being sought are extreme, to say the least – "$150,000 for every time a copyrighted song was downloaded without permission." Let's see, the average album has about 12 songs on it – that's $1,800,000 for the downloading of ONE album ONE time.

This is the first case where a company, not individual users, could be sued for copyright infringement in respect to file sharing. The ramifications from this particular case will be groundbreaking & will, undoubtedly, affect copyright law on all sorts of levels.

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