The entertainment industry is making another effort to target peer-to-peer technology which has already been outdated by the time of the lawsuit. No much fun for file-sharers.
The RIAA celebrated a victory this past May when it succeeded to convince US District Judge that the popular file-sharing network LimeWire along with its owner, Mark Gorton, is liable for copyright violation, as well as for unfair competition and encouraging other users to commit copyright theft on a large scale. RIAA’s chairman rejoiced that the court victory has proved that LimeWire was fully responsible for committing widely distributed copyright infringement.
While enjoying the ruled decision, the RIAA is also asking a court to issue a permanent injunction against P2P service, saying that the industry has suffered and will keep suffering from its operations if the network is allowed to continue its activity and provide the file-sharing service. The reason voiced is that LimeWire induces the illegal, free sharing of the industry’s copyrighted works which it pays millions to the entertainment market and sells to the buyers.
The RIAA especially highlights that unauthorized digital distribution of music content on networks like LimeWire has caused the creation of an entire generation of people accustomed to downloading music for free. That’s why the industry demands LimeWire either to cease its operations or remain online only upon condition that it manages to prevent the customers from downloading copyrighted content. In order to comply, LimeWire is suggested to disable both downloading and uploading, as well as distribution and searching functionality, in other words, to create its entirely new version, which in addition should contain a copyright filter.
However, the problem is that although LimeWire did harm the industry and should probably be hold liable for that, it won’t solve the issue. As many other services, LimeWire is open source, which means it will always exist in some form. Not only this type of service will, but also BitTorrent, online streaming and online content hosting websites too.
The RIAA spent lots of time and money to prevent a P2P network from profiting from unauthorized downloading, which is actually fair. The only question is that whether the result was worth the efforts?