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EMI, Universal Music Publishing Sue Lime Wire for Infringement

The EMI Music headquarters in London
The EMI Music headquarters in London. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

EMI Music Group Publishing and Universal Music Publishing Group are among eight music publishers that sued file-sharing website Lime Wire LLC for copyright infringement on a “massive scale.”

The suit was filed yesterday in Manhattan federal court, where a similar infringement case is pending against Lime Wire. In that case, members of the Recording Industry Association of America are seeking an order permanently shutting down the company and damages for copyright infringement. A trial is scheduled for January.

“The songs that make their illegal venture lucrative don’t appear out of thin air,” the publishers said in a statement. “Behind every song is a vast network of people -- a songwriter, a publisher, a performer, a record label. They have robbed every individual in that chain.”

Like the RIAA lawsuit, the music publishers are seeking damages and an order barring Lime Wire from infringing their works.

“We have had many promising meetings with labels, publishers, songwriters and artists alike about our new music service and a business model that will compensate the entire industry,” Lime Wire said yesterday in a statement. “Publishers are absolutely a part of that solution, and we’re hopeful that this action will serve as a catalyst to help us get to there.”

The case is EMI April Music Inc. v. Lime Wire, 10-cv-04695, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (Manhattan).

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