LimeWire has now finalized content agreements with TuneCore, CBS Records, Kufala Recordings, Delicious Vinyl, CBS Records, Kemado Records, and the Fader Label, according to information disclosed Monday.
The licensing deals are tied to paid downloads within the LimeWire Store, an alter-ego to the mainline file-sharing service. The New York-based LimeWire is slated to formally announce the deals later today.
The agreements will bring a number of artists into the LimeWire fold, including Crowded House, Soul Coughing, Brand New Heavies, Tone Loc, Young MC, The Pharcyde, and Saul Williams, among others. Whether a substantial number of music fans will actually purchase that content remains an open question, particularly given the strong association between LimeWire and free content. But even in the absence of substantial sales, the LimeWire Store offers a nice legal counterargument against the RIAA, a longtime courtroom adversary.