Role of LimeWire in infringing copyrights of music record companies

If you have used LimeWire then you’ll be quite aware that LimeWire searches you almost every song (actually any file) without fail and whether the song is protected by a copyright or not, you can easily download it too.

For those who are not aware of Limewire, then LimeWire is a file sharing service. Just install a Limewire software (Free or premium) on one’s PC and start searching and downloading the files stored in the PCs of Limewire users in any part of the globe.

LimeWire created its service in 2000 and describes it as the world's most popular peer-to-peer file-sharing service (in simple call it file sharing service), with more than 50 million monthly users.

Now according to a survey by NDP Group, of all the respondents of the survey, 58 percent of people said they downloaded music from a peer-to-peer service in 2009.

If one connects the monthly user claims of the Limewire and the findings of the NDP survey plus the ease with which songs can be downloaded using Limewire irrespective of the copyright; it can be safely inferred that services like Limewire are indeed infringing on the copyrights of the recording companies.

A recent ruling by a US court in an August 2006 lawsuit filed by 13 big record labels against Limewire has found that Limewire as a service and its actions do infringe on the copyrights of the plantiff.

In today’s write-up, we discussed or shared the role of file sharing services and the legal view in this regard in a concise manner; what is your view on this ? --------

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