A coalition of major recording companies on Friday sued the operators of LimeWire for copyright infringement, claiming the firm encourages users of the popular online file-sharing software to trade music without permission, an industry organization said.

New York-based Lime Group LLC, its subsidiaries who designed and distribute LimeWire, and the corporation’s top executives, are named in the federal court lawsuit, which was filed in the Southern District of New York, the Recording Industry Association of America said in a statement.