And with a signature and a date today, the more than $200 million copyright lawsuit by Hollywood against the file sharing site is over. A NYC-based federal judge today granted final approval to Paramount, 20th Century Fox, Viacom, Disney, Comedy Partners and Warner Bros’ request to dismiss their almost two year case against LimeWire and its founder Mark Gorton. Filed on October 30, the motion for a voluntary dismissal with prejudice was approved by U.S. District Judge Harold Baer Jr on Thursday (read it here). None of the plaintiffs gave any official reason for ending the case against the now-closed-down LimeWire. However, sources tell me that the studios received a hefty multimillion-dollar settlement.
Hollywood first took LimeWire and Gorton to court on back on February 1, 2012 over thousands of its films and TV shows that it claimed the file sharing provider fostered the illegal downloading by the site’s users. Just over a year ago the studios declared that they wanted LimeWire found liable before their lawsuit even went to trial because they claimed that their case against the online service was so similar to one LimeWire lost to the record labels in May 2010 that there just wasn’t even a need to continue litigation. They never got that judgment but now it really doesn’t matter. Gianni Servodidio and Steven Fabrizio of Jenner & Block’s NYC office represented Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Viacom International Inc., Comedy Partners, Disney Enterprises, Inc., Paramount Pictures Corporation, And Warner Bros Entertainment Inc. The defendants were represented by Michael Shuster and Avi Brian Israeli of Holwell Shuster & Goldberg.