Record Companies Demand LimeWire to Pay $75 Trillion for Damages

March 25th, 2011 at 7:49 am

The recording companies suing the file sharing website LimeWire estimated that the amount the site should pay for damage is between US$400 billion and $75 trillion. That amount is more than the GDP of all countries in the world.

Such demands are nothing new to the recording industry, who feel that their sales slump is caused by rampant illegal downloads. The RIAA has also sued a mother of four from Minnesota for downloading 24 songs on LimeWire, demanding her to pay $1.92 billion.

The judge said that the amount the recording companies want is “absurd,” although the plaintiff insist the amount is based on statutory damages on every instance of copying. The judge decided that an interpretation of copyright law that enables record companies to sue for more money than they have made in the history of recorded music was necessarily wrong. The damages were then reduced to “a single statutory damage award from Defendants per work infringed, regardless of how many individual users directly infringed that particular work.”

That amount, which will depend on the number of works that can be proven to have been infringed, may have eased the burden of the already-bankrupt LimeWire. Nevertheless, Jammie Thomas Rasset, the mother sued for downloading 24 songs, couldn’t have said it better. “Good luck trying to get it. You can’t get blood out of a turnip.”

Source: Hot Hardware


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