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-- Live Nation shut down its music and entertainment news site LiveDaily on Friday, May 21. The Ticketmaster-owned site debuted in 1998. (@livedaily)

-- The New York Times’ article “Man Behind the Service” takes a look at LimeWire and its founder, Mark Gorton. “Perhaps I was naïve,” Gorton said. “If I knew when the lawsuit started what I know now about the music industry, maybe we would have done something different.” A few weeks ago, a court ruled LimeWire – and Gorton personally – is liable for the copyright infringement of its users. The service is used “overwhelmingly” for infringement, the court ruled, and LimeWire “was aware of substantial infringement” by its users. Gorton told the New York Times he thought he was following the law and addressed doubts of his service’s legality. “We were trying so hard to reach an accommodation,” he said. The RIAA, for one, wasn’t buying it. “He’s the Bernie Madoff of Internet crime,” said the RIAA’s Mitch Bainwol. Frankly, Gorton seems like far too smart a person to believe he was not aware of the case against his company. A business degree from Harvard. Degrees from Yale and Stanford. Success as a hedge fund founder. Maybe he wanted to believe he was in the right. Perhaps he was given advice by people whose vision of the digital future does not jibe with reality. In any case, just as Grokster went down in a 9-0 Supreme Court vote, the law was clearly not on Gorton’s side. (New York Times)

-- Sentiments similar to those in the New York Times article are found in the Billboard Q&A with LimeWire CEO George Searle, who said the company “has tried earnestly, aggressively and continuously to work with the music industry.” If you didn’t read it the first time, here’s your chance to learn about LimeWire’s position on some important issues as well as its plans for the future. (Billboard.biz)

-- Irish ISP Eircom starts a graduated response system to punish repeat copyright infringers. The ISP has 750,000 broadband customers. The Irish Times reports that Eircom will process about 50 IP addresses per day for an initial three-month trial period. After that period, the system will be reviewed. DtecNet, the company providing the technology, is a familiar name in the U.S. It has collected evidence of infringement for the RIAA. (Irish Times)

-- Rumor has it that J Allard, Microsoft’s chief experience officer and the man behind the Zune (and integral in Xbox 360) is leaving the company. The reason? Microsoft’s cancellation of its Courier Tablet. (ZDNet)

-- The Court of Justice of the European Union has overturned a lower court ruling that ordered a company to pay Sociedad General de Autores y Editores (SGAE) a levy for private copying. As is the case in many other countries, Spain collects a levy from the sale of items like blank CDs and portable media players that compensates copyright holders for private copying. In the ruling, the Advocate General said a Spanish levy was applied “indiscriminately” and without consideration that some devices and items would not be used for private copying. (Out-Law)

-- Isohunt was ordered to shut down by a U.S. District Court judge last Thursday. The court issued an injunction order against the torrent site and its owner Garry Fung that ordered them to cease “hosting, indexing, linking to or otherwise providing access to any (torrent) or similar files” that can be used to download infringing content. (NewTeeVee)

-- Jingle Punks have landed an undisclosed amount of first-round funding led by Hammerline Capital. Jingle Punks is a music licensing company that specializes in pre-cleared music. It currently counts ABC, NBC, Comedy Central, VH1 and Bravo as clients, according to the company’s web site. (Digital Music News)

-- Attention, app makers and marketers. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote an op-ed for The Washington Post titled “From Facebook, Answering Privacy Concerns With New Settings.” A blurb: “We have heard the feedback. There needs to be a simpler way to control your information. In the coming weeks, we will add privacy controls that are much simpler to use. We will also give you an easy way to turn off all third-party services. We are working hard to make these changes available as soon as possible.” (Washington Post)

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