New York – A federal judge has limited the potential
copyright infringement damages that file-sharing service LimeWire could have to
pay record labels to $1.5 billion, Reuters reports.
U.S. District Judge Kimba
Wood sided with LimeWire, which argued that the labels did not deserve an award
of damages for each infringement made by a LimeWire user, but rather one award
per work that was infringed.
With the judge’s order, LimeWire could face
statutory damages of between $7.5 million and $1.5 billion, based on copyright
law that designates an award of between $750 and $150,000 for copyright
The company earlier this week announced that it would settle all outstanding copyright infringement charges in a separate case brought by a group of music publishers.
(DMW previous coverage)