Just as observers expected after the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York granted summary judgment to the Recording Industry Association of America and found LimeWire liable for copyright infringement, the RIAA is asking the court to permanently shut down the file-sharing site.
According to CNET News, Judge Kimba Wood is giving LimeWire two weeks to respond to the motion, which the RIAA filed Friday. After the hearing on the motion, LimeWire attorneys said:
We feel a permanent injunction is not the best course of action. It could hold back the creation of new digital-music technologies that LimeWire is in the process of developing, and [it] does not benefit the industry as a whole.
As for damages, the RIAA argues that every day the LimeWire operates, the four top record companies suffer irreparable damage. Its attorneys say damages could be in the billions. MercuryNews.com reports the damages trial is set for January.
UPDATE: ABC News reports that 13 record companies filed suit Monday in the same U.S. district court, seeking to freeze LimeWire's assets. They claim that founder Mark Gorton and his associates have "engaged in a series of fraudulent actions...to frustrate a legal judgment" in the case.