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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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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.


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