The music industry has delivered a major blow in its scuffle against LimeWire, one of the oldest file-sharing systems on the Internet.
In a 59-page verdict issued on Tuesday in New York, U. S. District Judge Kimba Wood has passed synopsis judgment that the peer-to-peer organization is accountable for stimulating patent violation, committed copyright infringement and followed iniquitous rivalry.
The judge depended greatly on one of the applicant's specialist witnesses, Dr. Richard Waterman of the Wharton School, who confirmed that a random sample of 1800 files turned up patent violation in 93% of them, including
43.6% of copyrighted files held by the petitioner record labels.
Based on the results, Dr. Waterman concluded that "98.8% of the files requested for download through LimeWire are copyright protected or highly likely copyright protected, and thus not authorized for free distribution".
The decision is a big conquest for the content industry in its unending combat over internet piracy. The judge discarded LimeWire's argument that these figures were not dependable and acknowledged data that the service was not only conscious of the patent misuse, but vigorously attempted to lure violating consumers.
Wood also observed that the only step LimeWire took to restrain violation was to make customers come in agreement not to break copyrights in its terms of service. She wrote that the notice does "not constitute meaningful efforts to mitigate infringement".