In a fresh blow, peer-to-peer file-sharing service LimeWire has been sued for copyright infringement by eight member companies from the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) headed up by EMI and Universal. The lawsuit is similar to the thus far successful suit filed by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) against LimeWire and its executives, seeking damages and injunctive relief and is also filed in the Manhatten federal court. A trial is scheduled for January and the NMPA said in a statement “The songs that make their illegal venture lucrative don’t appear out of thin air .... Behind every song is a vast network of people - a songwriter, a publisher, a performer, a record label. They have robbed every individual in that chain.”
Limewire publicly remains convinced it can offer legitimate business models to the content owners in the music industry saying in a statement "We have had many promising meetings with labels, publishers, and artists alike about our new music service and a business model that will compensate the entire industry”.
EMI April Music Inc. v. Lime Wire LLC, 10-cv-04695, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (Manhattan).