Limewire Ordered Shut Down Permanently

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Well after four years of tedious legal battles, the famous peer-to-peer file-sharing program Limewire has been ordered to shutdown its service.  The four year battle between the privately-owned Lime Group and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), has finally come to an end.  Word came late Tuesday that a federal court in New York issued a “permanent injunction” against LimeWire.  limewire

U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood ordered that Limewire to stop distribution and support of its file-sharing software.  They’re also restricted from allowing the searching and sharing of copyrighted material on any of its software.  In other words, Limewire is done for good.  It’s been awhile since Limewire was at the top of the file-sharing game, but they still had over 50 million users monthly.  Limewire was started in 2000, by a former Wall Street trader.  It originally made the search and sharing of music files (mp3), a very easy task.

RIAA told the AP news agency that is was very pleased with the court’s ruling, but has said throughout the case, that Limewire costs them hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue.  Limewire has said that they will adhere to the ruling of the court, and are currently developing new software that will allow the legal download of music.  The case will go back to court in January, where damages will be decided.

[via Wall Street Journal]

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11 Responses to Limewire Ordered Shut Down Permanently

  • Brigitteduchow says:

    that fact that limewire has been shut down totally sucks…..

  • Mh says:

    Its file sharing which is free, if I want to share my music with a friend, I shouldn’t charge him for it. Make better music for people to buy!!!!!!!!

  • Maxad282004 says:

    oh!!!! some on .,everyone love limewire .,we get anything n everything .,good thing never last

  • Ransom Jack says:

    i know limewire was the fucking best ever. You can let people have or borrow cd’s so its the same shit.

  • Ransom Jack says:

    thay still make money off people. Why need more.

  • Ransom Jack says:

    most people just want a few songs on an album and not all people cant afford 500 cd’s for 3 songs on each cd.

  • Ransom Jack says:

    Well there is youtube. Everyone listen to music on youtube. Go to youtube and search for eminem lose yourself. Almost all em aren t from the recording company.

  • Some dude says:

    They shouldn’t have shutdown limewire. it was the best. It is 99.9% legal to transfer files to other people on the internet. Its the same as letting ur friends use one of ur CDs. Do u really think that’s illegal???!!! Hey, we should protest or something!

  • Jonbrown93 says:

    you cna download off youtube AND THEN extract audio more time comsuming but hey you get the music

  • Nobody says:

    And like the recording industry don’t get a cut out of every piece of blank media you buy assuming that all blank media will be used for illegal downloads. Who is the real crooks here? They put one or two good songs on a cd and charge a fortune for it and fill the rest with crap nobody wants.

  • Jack Tripper says:

    So what? Frostwire doesn’t have quite as many users but is almost exactly the same format as LimeWire (only blue instead of green, etc) and is getting more and more users every day. Guess the RIAA and Metal-LICKa can go on fighting these new P2P software distributors ’til K’tulu freezes over like Don Quiote lashing out at one windmill after another. At least Don was fighting for honor, not cold cash. F Metallica, F the RIAA and GO FROSTWIRE!