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.
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 It originally made the search and sharing of music files (mp3), a very easy task.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]