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Film Studios Withdraw Claims Against Limewire

MANHATTAN (CN) - Six major movie studios have dropped their copyright lawsuit against LimeWire three years after the file-sharing website settled related claims with record labels for $105 million.

Twentieth Century Fox, Viacom, Comedy Partners, Disney Enterprises, Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros. tried to get a bite of LimeWire when it sued the website and its founder Mark Gorton in February 2012.

Earlier this month, however, the movie houses filed papers to dismiss the federal lawsuit that accused Limewire of "engaging in and facilitating massive copyright infringement."

In 2010, a federal judge granted a $105 million settlement with record labels that had filed a similar lawsuit against the company.

During proceedings in that case, record labels called LimeWire's business "the biggest theft of music in the history of the world."

The studios' attorney, Gianni Servodidio with Jenner & Block, signed the voluntary dismissal notice.

U.S. District Judge Harold Baer approved it last week.

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