File-sharing site Lime Wire has requested a jury trial for a lawsuit filed by music publishers, according to BusinessWeek.

On May 12, U.S. Southern District Court of New York Judge Kimba Wood found that the company and its founder, Mark Gorton, committed copyright infringement and faulted the company for unfair competition.

That ruling was in response to a lawsuit filed by the RIAA and the major labels who filed suit to protect their master rights. At a June 7 hearing, the RIAA presented its case for forcing a permanent injunction.

The publishers filed their related lawsuit in that same court in June to protect songwriter and music publishing rights. The suit was filed by EMI Music Publishing, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Universal Music Publishing Group, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Bug Music, MPL Music Publishing, Peermusic, and the Richmond Organization.

"They seek to claim copyright or intellectual property rights as to works that are in the public domain and therefore not protected," Lime Wire lawyer Tonia Ouellette Klausner said in in today's filing, according to the BusinessWeek.

Israelite noted in June to Billboard.biz that the publishers' lawsuit was filed because the RIAA and the majors cannot negotiate on behalf of the music publishers' rights.

"To the extant that there is any settlement discussion, songwriters and music publishers should be a part of that" conversation, Isrealite said. "We felt that it was important to be involved in the discussions for the future."

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