LimeWire may be defunct as an operating business, but it remains enmeshed in litigation from various rightsholders. Merlin is the latest to reach a settlement with the company, following its lawsuit filed in July 2011 on behalf of its independent members. Merlin hasn’t said how much the settlement is worth, other than it being “commensurate with the major record labels’ settlement taking into account the aggregate market shares of the Merlin members relative to the major labels’ shares and costs of action”. As a quick guide, the major labels’ reached a $105m settlement with LimeWire in May 2011, and Merlin claims its members have a 10% market share in the US. “The exclusion of independents from past major settlements such as Kazaa was a key factor in the formation of Merlin, and I am proud to say that this time, via the actions of Merlin, our members’ rights have been properly protected,” says Merlin CEO Charles Caldas in a statement.

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