Limewire sued again, may pay $150,000 per song

Eight music publishers have filed fresh lawsuits against beseiged file-sharing service Limewire.

The publishers are all members of the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) and are bringing Limewire to court over music copyright infringement which the NMPA classifes as “on a massive scale”.

The eight publishers are EMI, Sony/ATV, Universal, Warner/Chappel, Bug Music, MPL, Peermusic, and The Richmond Organisation. 

The lawsuits are against Limewire as a whole, including all of its subsidiary groups, and several key figures who run the service, including CEO Mark Gortonm and former COO/CTO Greg Bildson.

The publishers want an astounding $150,000 (£100,000) per infringed song, and considering the volume of songs that have been illegally downloaded through the file-sharing program, the total figure will be massive.

Limewire has already been under siege by the music industry, with a recent case made by the RIAA calling for it to be closed down. Last week it received a two-week reprieve as its lawyers scrambled to produce an argument against shutting down the service. This latest move by the NMPA has cut its respite short and is probably designed as a combined effort to eliminate Limewire completely.