Filesharing firm Lime Wire has won a victory – of sorts – in its ongoing copyright infringement court battle with labels. The company has already lost the case, but at issue now is the size of the damages due to be paid to rightsholders. Labels had argued they should be paid for every infringement by an individual user of the LimeWire P2P service, which could have seen damages in the trillions of dollars. US District Judge Kimba Wood has ruled in favour of Lime Wire though, which argued labels should receive one award per infringed song instead. That means the damages bill will be somewhere between $7.5 million and $1.5 billion, based on between $750 and $150,000 for every one of the roughly 10,000 songs at issue in the case. “Plaintiffs are suggesting an award that is more money than the entire music recording industry has made since Edison’s invention of the phonograph in 1877,” noted Wood, dryly.

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