After years of legal action from copyright groups, the company behind LimeWire is continuing its legal fight against the music industry. LimeWire now wants Amazon and other third parties selling music to produce information related to financial transactions with the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
LimeWire wants the Western District of Washington court to force Amazon to hand over documents, even though Amazon has a different solution in mind. LimeWire wants to see royalty payment information, internal communications among Amazon regarding the music industry, and accounting data related to financial transactions.
Amazon won’t turn over any information without a court order, arguing that the record industry should have plenty of information LimeWire seeks. Instead, Amazon wants the RIAA and the New York District Court to handle the matter, which is what the company reportedly told the Western District of Washington courts.
This appears to be a last-ditch effort to continue be an annoyance to the copyright groups, with LimeWire trying to determine how much of a cut the RIAA gets from Amazon and other third-party music sellers.
“The Subpoena requests documents that could not be within Plaintiffs’ possession, e.g. purely internal Amazon communications regarding its licensing agreements with Plaintiffs placed on their copyrighted works,” LimeWire’s lawyers argued as they seek additional information.
LimeWire recently tried to subpoena MediaDefender, a company the RIAA worked with to help battle piracy, but they were unable to obtain the information as it was ruled to be an unrelated matter.