RIAA Claims LimeWire Owes $72 Trillion

by Zack Zarrillo - May 23, 2012

The RIAA claims that file-sharing program LimeWire owes the association $72 trillion. Check out a full article here and a snippet of it below by clicking “Read More.”

The music industry’s contention that file-sharing software maker LimeWire owes it trillions of dollars in damages for enabling the illegal distribution of 11,000 copyrighted songs is “absurd,” a federal judge has ruled.

In a scathing ruling filed earlier this month, Judge Kimba Wood of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York flatly rejected the industry’s claims that LimeWire should pay up to $150,000 for each download of some 11,000 songs included in the RIAA lawsuit.

The plaintiffs’ position on statutory damages “offends the canon that we should avoid endorsing statutory interpretations that would lead to absurd results,” Judge Wood wrote in a 14-page ruling. “If Plaintiffs were able to pursue a statutory damage theory based on the number of direct infringers per work, Defendants’ damages could reach into the trillions.”

Judge Wood last October had ordered LimeWire to cease its file-sharing operations after agreeing with the music industry’s claims that the company was enabling and inducing massive copyright infringement.

  1. cwew reblogged this from propertyofzack and added:
    The GDP of the US is $15 trillion a year. It would take all of the money that the US companies make (and none of it...
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  6. jawstheme reblogged this from propertyofzack and added:
    This is kind of insane. It’s silly to think that they would EVER get anything close to this sum of money. The RIAA needs...
  7. azelie reblogged this from danzilla
  8. danzilla reblogged this from propertyofzack and added:
    seriously? 72 trillion? i know that is a real amount of money but it just sounds so fake i am just going to start suing...
  9. tarynnjanine reblogged this from propertyofzack and added:
    72 trillion. 72 trillion fucking dollars. wow. wow.
  10. thesombke reblogged this from propertyofzack and added:
    So I pretty much think this is hilarious.
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  12. roemusics reblogged this from propertyofzack and added:
    check out dem apples
  13. geekspertise reblogged this from propertyofzack and added:
    Every time I read about the RIAA, that angry vein stands up in my forehead. Really? $72 TRILLION?
  14. absolutepunk said: Should have included my commentary.
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  18. playmakebelieve reblogged this from propertyofzack and added:
    Wow, ridiculous.
  19. remembertofeelreal reblogged this from propertyofzack and added:
    Fuck the RIAA.
  20. cotih reblogged this from mattyvogel and added:
    Just some pocket change…
  21. reservoir-doge reblogged this from propertyofzack and added:
    Ok, Dr. Evil.
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  23. solidkneeplus reblogged this from propertyofzack and added:
    ROFL.
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