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  (Source: Washington Post)
A court-ordered injunction has permanently shut down the popular file-sharing site.

It's the day the music died for one well-known p2p music sharing site. Limewire is out of the file-sharing business.  

In response to a lawsuit filed four years ago by the Recording Industry Association of America, earlier this year, the courts found the p2p file-sharing site 
liable for copyright infringement.   On Tuesday, the U.S. District Court in New York took it a step further and forced the Lime Company to shut down Limewire for good with a permanent injunction.

The permanent injunction calls for Limewire to disable the searching, downloading, uploading or file trading of its p2p software and to block the sharing of unauthorized music files.

Judge Kimba Wood ruled that record companies "have suffered – and will continue to suffer – irreparable harm from LimeWire's inducement of widespread infringement of their works".

The Lime Company put up a legal notice on the Limewire site that states:

This is an official notice that LimeWire is under a court-ordered injunction to stop distributing and supporting its file-sharing software. Downloading or sharing copyrighted content without authorization is illegal.

In a press release issued by the Lime Company, Limewire's CEO George Searle said, "Naturally, we’re disappointed with this turn of events. We are extremely proud of our pioneering history and have, for years, worked hard to bridge the gap between technology and content rights holders. However, at this time, we have no option but to cease further distribution and support of our software."

Lime Group spokeswoman Tiffany Guarnaccia maintained that the company will not go out of business. Limewire will continue to operate its online store and the company has made plans to launch a subscription based music service on the site.

While this is a victory for the RIAA, users are already moving to other file-hosting sites, like Rapid Share, MegaUpload and Frostwire, according to some reports.

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Three points of light
By ElementZero on 10/27/2010 10:24:41 AM , Rating: 5
Only three points to be made here:

1) While I don't necessarily condone the music "sharing" *cough* piracy *cough* business, the RIAA does suck
2) Like the last paragraph stated - one p2p file sharing app down, 5 more come to life
3) People moved on from Limewire a long time ago, so it hardly has any effect to the piracy scene anyways. This would be comparative to someone today saying "Hey! We just banned leaded gas in our state!"

RE: Three points of light
By Luticus on 10/27/2010 10:45:39 AM , Rating: 5
I quit using lime waire a LONG time ago. Limewire is like a corner girl... sure, she'll turn tricks but she'll also leave you with an infected dippy stick!

RE: Three points of light
By billshut on 10/27/2010 7:17:46 PM , Rating: 3
Hell yes! The last 4-5 years, Limewire has probably had just as many, if not more, Trojans as it's had legitimate files to be shared!

Every time I see someone's computer with Limewire, I advise them to get rid of it. Every time I see someone that paid for Limewire pro, I shed a tear for their stupidity. :(

RE: Three points of light
By Lerianis on 10/28/2010 4:24:32 AM , Rating: 2
Agreed. Personally, I switched over to Shareaza, before I dropped ED2K and Gnutella totally, a long time ago.

Shareaza is open-source, made by someone who actually cares about ease of use and performance, etc. etc. etc.

Way better than LimeWire ever was.

RE: Three points of light
By Denigrate on 10/27/2010 10:45:41 AM , Rating: 3
I don't believe that file sharing actually hurts record labels as much as they would like everyone to believe. The percentage is likely immaterial.

The quality of the record labels product is the real issue. In today's market, record labels should be obsolete anyway. The "service" they provide can be done by the artists themselves. Currently, the only money most artists make is from tours/live shows.

RE: Three points of light
By Denigrate on 10/27/2010 10:47:26 AM , Rating: 3
Oh, and if you like an arist. Go see them live, and buy their music via download. Don't steal it.

RE: Three points of light
By SlyNine on 10/27/2010 10:53:50 AM , Rating: 2
You and I have different definitions of the word "steal". But I do agree you should support content you enjoy.

RE: Three points of light
By Luticus on 10/27/2010 10:56:51 AM , Rating: 2
Absolutely, unless you want your favorite artist to give up creating art because they can't support themselves anymore.

RE: Three points of light
By Chudilo on 10/27/2010 11:46:06 AM , Rating: 5
I would like Britney Spears and Lady Gaga to stop creating junk that the recording industry is trying to pass as art, but I don't think they will hear me!
If the recording industry started listening to people that can actually pay for music they want to listen to, instead of listening to 10-15yr olds that scream the loudest, maybe they would be able to make some money.

This may come as a surprise to the Recording Industry but I got news for them : "Most Grownups have no time to sit around looking for a place to steal music. Grownups know what they want and are willing to pay a reasonable amount for what they want."

Let me buy the songs that I want (individually in full non-lossy quality) and play stuff that I might also like based on what I bought(as ads for other things they might want me to hear). I think Pandora and Similar services got the right idea.That's all there is to it.

I don't care what these people wear, who they sleep with or what they said about who/whatever. I just want to listen to good music whenever I feel like like it, on whatever the player I have, without having to deal with all the DRM B.S. and other crap they want to throw at me.

The artists contract with the recording industry to help them store what they have created and distribute it to the people that want to pay for it. The rest of the crap they do is a waste of time for them and the consumers. So unless they can pay for the rest of the crap with ads, and ads alone, stop holding your potential customers for ransom for the crap they never wanted.

RE: Three points of light
By Luticus on 10/27/2010 12:07:15 PM , Rating: 2
I agree 100%

RE: Three points of light
By sprockkets on 10/27/2010 10:35:57 PM , Rating: 2
I would like Britney Spears and Lady Gaga to stop creating junk that the recording industry is trying to pass as art, but I don't think they will hear me!

Would you enjoy this?

Unfortunately, smut sells. She made nothing compared to what she makes now. The market has spoken.

RE: Three points of light
By LordanSS on 10/27/2010 11:43:28 AM , Rating: 5
There's a lot of "digital music piracy" going on, and a good deal of that is caused by the record labels/RIAA themselves.

I haven't bought a single music CD for over 8 years, up until recently. During one of the times I had to move, some of my CDs went missing (don't get me started on that), including my favorite from my Kiss collection, the Alive III album.

Tried to find that CD for sale locally here in Brazil, to no avail. After the death of music stores (they pretty much ceased to exist in here, you either buy CDs on large department stores or "hypermarkets", and they only sell current trash, not older classics). I actually found one copy for sale on an used CD store, but the disc was pretty scratched and I didn't want to buy it like that.

Turned my attention to online stores, like Amazon and *gasps* even iTunes. Yeah, they had the album... they had the tracks.... but nope, they won't sell to me. Country not supported.

Luckily, a friend of mine from the UK was coming over for a visit, so I asked him if he could bring me the CD in case I bought from Amazon-UK and had it shipped to him. I went the long way to try and get my hands on an original, but I bet many people around here, that were willing to make the purchase, just ended giving up and torrenting the MP3s from somewhere. My CD is stored, but now I have FLACs out of it ;)

In short, to hell with you RIAA and even game publishers. You folks have no idea how hard it is for us, in South America, to get this kind of stuff. Steam, D2D and Impulse have helped me a lot, but if a publisher blocks a title from being sold to my region, I'm SOL. Lame.

RE: Three points of light
By Spivonious on 10/27/2010 11:32:36 AM , Rating: 1
I agree with you when it comes to major labels (and members of the RIAA), but many small record labels pour money into supporting musicians that they contract.

Pirating music hurts everyone. The band might get a couple more people at shows, but sales of records go down the tubes, record companies don't get the money to support and promote the musicians, and the musicians are unable to live off of their art, even though tens of thousands of people listen to them.

RE: Three points of light
By just4U on 10/27/2010 11:48:42 AM , Rating: 2
"..... and the musicians are unable to live off their art."

Really? Most musician's don't make a whole helluva lot off of record sales. Infact very few do. The money they make comes from the venue they play at. Music downloads don't really hurt them at all.. Infact for many it likely gives them more exposure then what they might otherwise be used to.

RE: Three points of light
By donjuancarlos on 10/27/2010 1:33:44 PM , Rating: 2
The quality of products definitely has decreased. But it's because Record labels can't afford to take chances on original artists anymore. Hence all the cheesy straight-off-the-assembly-line pop crap.

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