Hollywood Studios Sue Limewire

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) already won its copyright case against Mark Gorton founder of the once popular file sharing site LimeWire. On May 12, Gorton agreed to pay the RIAA $105 million, but apparently the bulls eye still remains on his back.

Courthouse News Service reported last week that another group has come together to level a suit against LimeWire.  Twentieth Century Fox, Viacom, Comedy Partners, Disney, Paramount Pictures, and Warner Bros. have filed a copyright claim against Gorton and his now defunct service.

According to the lawsuit since LimeWire has already been held liable for copyright infringement in regards to music all they have to do is demonstrate that LimeWire also enabled the piracy of movies. The studios have cited 53 works that they owned, which were shared via LimeWire.

Joseph Baio, Gorton’s attorney, was not immediately available for comment.

Some of the other groups that have sued Gorton are music publishers and a group of independent record labels, and the latest group of film studios likely won’t be the last Gorton hears from Hollywood. If this group is successful in their suit, the other two majors, Sony Pictures and NBC Universal, could also file a complaint, as well as dozens of other indie studios.

How much money Gorton has left is anybody’s guess, but a few years ago he appeared to have put a large sum of money in a family trust. Observers said this was likely an attempt to “judgment proof” his estate or protect his assets from legal claims.


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