P2P file-sharing software company LimeWire has lost a long-running court battle with the major recording companies. The judge granted summary judgment to the RIAA on several of the key issues in the case including: inducement of copyright infringement, common law copyright infringement, and unfair competition. The judgment holds not only Lime Wire, but also its shareholder (Lime Group) and its CEO and sole director, liable as well.
In 2008 several groups, including SLA, submitted an amicus brief on the issue of 'secondary liability' and the 'inducement' rule in the case of Arista Records v. Lime Wire.
Read E-Commerce Times: Court Defeat Puts LimeWire Back in the Limelight
Read Huffington Post: LimeWire Loses RIAA Case Over Copyright Infringement
Read SLA Public Policy Blog (October 2008): Amicus Brief Submitted in Arista v. Lime Wire on Secondary Liability and Inducement