Slightly more than a year ago the word was going around that LimeWire, at the time download.com’s most popular commercial p2p file sharing application, was going down.
"We hold that one who distributes a device with the object of promoting its use to infringe copyright, as shown by the clear expression or other affirmative steps taken to foster infringement, is liable for the resulting acts of infringement by third parties," wrote justice David H. Souter for the US Supreme Court in the Grokster / StreamCast v MGM ruling.
Then, "Mark Gorton , the chief executive of the Lime Group ... said he was likely to stop distributing LimeWire in reaction to the ruling," said The New York Times. "He said it appeared too difficult to meet the implied standard for inducement. The court, Mr. Gorton said, has 'handed a tool to judges that they can declare inducement whenever they want to'." More...