Merlin Sues LimeWire, Seeking at Least $5 Million
Merlin Sues LimeWire, Seeking at Least $5 Million

A federal judge limited the potential financial liability facing the operator of LimeWire, a once-popular file-sharing service found liable for copyright infringement, at an upcoming damages trial.

U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood agreed with Lime Group LLC that the 13 record companies are entitled to a single award of "statutory damages" per work infringed through LimeWire.

The record companies had argued they were entitled to a separate award every time an individual directly infringed one of their works.

Wood had found last May that New York-based Lime Group wrongfully assisted users in pirating digital recordings. She shut down its LimeWire service in October. A trial on damages is scheduled for May 2.

These 13 record companies include Arista, Atlantic, BMG Music, Capital, Elektra, Interscope, Laface, Motown, Priority, Sony BMG, UMG, Virgin and Warner Brothers, court records show.