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
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:
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.
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.
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.
quote: 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!