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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 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.

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