Peter Kafka

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Case Closed: LimeWire Settles With Labels For $105 Million

And now the long-running LimeWire saga is really over: The file-sharing site, forced to shut down by a Federal court order last fall, has agreed to pay the big music labels $105 million to settle a copyright case. The two sides had spent the past couple weeks in a New York courtroom, where a jury was set to decide damages; LimeWire agreed to a separate settlement with music publishers in March.


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work