File-sharing software developer LimeWire filed suit against the Recording Industry Association of America last week, claiming the trade group is engaged in anticompetitive behavior. While LimeWire and several other peer-to-peer networks have been sued by the RIAA in the past, this suit puts the RIAA in the crosshairs for licensing practices that price out independent music sellers. As cited in the suit, the RIAA “have engaged in these unfair business practices for the specific purpose of eliminating sources of decentralized peer-to-peer file sharing and acquiring a monopoly over digital distribution of commercially valuable copyrighted music and movie content.”
LimeWire goes on to claim that when they attempted to introduce a filtering system that would prevent illegal downloads, the record companies wanted LimeWire to instead use a third-party filtering system which LimeWire asserts was actually controlled by the RIAA.
LimeWire is asking for a trial by jury.
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