Studios drop LimeWire copyright action

A New York federal judge has granted final approval to Paramount, 20th Century Fox, Viacom, Disney, Comedy Partners and Warner Bros’ request to dismiss their case against peer-to-peer file sharing client program LimeWire and its founder Mark Gorton.

The motion for a voluntary dismissal with prejudice was approved by US District Judge Harold Baer Jr. The dismissal request read: “Plaintiffs Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp., Viacom International, Comedy Partners, Disney Enterprises, Paramount Pictures Corp. and Warner Bros. Entertainment hereby submit this Notice of dismissal with Prejudice against all Defendants pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 41(a).” Baer endorsed the request “So Ordered”.

The studios initiated the action February 1, 2012 alleging the site facilitated the illegal sharing of films, following a successful action by the recording industry. It is understood the action has been dropped following a multi-million dollar settlement. They had been seeking $200 million.

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