LimeWire's music wasn't free for Mark Gorton.
Gorton (at left, coming out of federal court this month) founded the LimeWire file-sharing service, which has reserved a spot in the pantheon of file sharing for the length of time it managed to operate with a $1.4 billion copyright suit hanging over its head. For much of the past decade, LimeWire was responsible for distributing billions of songs to millions of people without charging them. For a time, LimeWire was responsible for 80 percent of all music illegally downloaded in the United States, according to research firm NPD Group.
Something else Gorton will be remembered for is the price he paid for all this. He was sued in 2006 by the four major labels and earlier this month agreed to settle the case by paying $105 million.
May 27, 2011 4:00 AM PDT
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