Limewire given chance for two week death rattle

LimeWire has been given some leeway in its losing battle against the bully-boy music industry.

US District Judge Kimba Wood has allowed the file-sharing site to stay open for at least another two weeks, as its lawyers respond to a motion by the RIAA.

He is the same Manhattan Federal that made a ruling back in May which found LimeWire’s parent company Lime Wire LLC and its founder Mark Gorton, liable of copyright infringement after he agreed with the 13 record companies pushing for the motion.

However, the RIAA told the jury that every day LimeWire is available to the public, irreparable harm is done to record companies.

It is now pushing for an injunction to freeze the assets of the provider of the file-sharing service accusing its founder of fraudulently trying to evade hundreds of millions of dollars in damages over copyright infringement.

The injunction could bar LimeWire from advertising or operating its network and software.

Lime Group, the company behind LimeWire, issued a statement on the case claiming: “We feel a permanent injunction is not the best course of action. It could hold back the creation of new digital-music technologies that LimeWire is in the process of developing, and [it] does not benefit the industry as a whole. Following today’s court appearance, we will be submitting our opposition brief.”

Lime Group didn’t say: “By the way, kids, there’s only two weeks left so get your J-Kwon downloads in now!”

It seems the music industry is fighting a never winning battle when it comes to pirate sites. Despite Kazaa-esque P2P programs generally dead in the water, save for the early teens who use it as an alternative because they can’t quite figure out torrents.

These sort of P2P programs aren’t the real threat to the music industry these days – the RIAA and the gang are about at least seven years too late. There are heaps of ways to get the newest music for absolutely zero money that the big record boys haven’t clocked onto yet. In fact, the biggest problem for early releases are leaks – many of which will spill onto Usenet with or without aggregation sites such as Newzbin. There’s also Direct Connect – is that still going? – and IRC which the truly nerdy can enter long commands into to get direct downloads of albums, albeit with nasty, bitey viruses, straight to their PCs through the age-old chat client. 

Recently Newzbin got into a bit of trouble. But it managed to rise like a piratey Phoenix last week after being ordered to close in the guise of Newzbin2. 

We think the RIAA probably knows this. To the uninitiated in the way of geek we imagine that Limewire and similar services may still be being used for their apparent easy UI. Could the RIAA, perhaps, be sending a bullish message out into the ether?

“Hey, don’t forget us, we’re still suing people!”