Los Angeles – A federal judge will not freeze the assets of
file-sharing service LimeWire and its founder Mark Gorton, rejecting a request from
the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), which recently won a
copyright infringement case against the company, CNET News.com reported.
move by the RIAA to freeze the assets was intended to protect its potential
damages award from the copyright infringement case, as the RIAA alleged that
Gorton took steps to transfer assets in a bid to prevent them from seizure
during the litigation.
CNET cited representatives from both sides who said U.S.
District Judge Kimbra Wood rejected the RIAA’s request for an asset freeze
because Gorton hadn’t moved any assets around recently.
Judge Wood is soon
expected to rule on a permanent injunction against LimeWire, and following that
will move on to damages.
(DMW previous coverage)