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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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About time.
By Chris Peredun on 10/27/2010 12:08:09 PM , Rating: 3
As far as computers that have been brought to me for repair/reformat, the ratio of "has Limewire installed" to "infected with a veritable cornucopia of viruses, spyware, and trojans" has been pretty much 1:1.

RE: About time.
By Luticus on 10/27/2010 12:21:34 PM , Rating: 2
I second this! Limewire = impending virus...

RE: About time.
By ninjaquick on 10/27/2010 12:26:17 PM , Rating: 2
Oh man soooooo true... So true. I have not once fixed a computer that wasn't dead due to Ares or Limewire.

RE: About time.
By The Raven on 10/27/2010 3:11:38 PM , Rating: 2
Guns don't kill people: people kill people

Limewire doesn't infect computers... ;-)

RE: About time.
By Targon on 10/27/2010 6:04:17 PM , Rating: 2
No, Limewire is an infection in its own right.

RE: About time.
By The Raven on 10/29/2010 11:46:55 AM , Rating: 2
Freedom is also infectious ;-)

RE: About time.
By fcx56 on 10/28/2010 7:20:29 AM , Rating: 2
...computers infect computers?

Oh, wait, with Limewire they do!

RE: About time.
By The Raven on 10/29/2010 11:48:36 AM , Rating: 2

RE: About time.
By Lerianis on 10/28/2010 4:26:35 AM , Rating: 2
Hmm.... question here: is it ONLY computers that have Limewire installed, or those that have ANY ED2K or Gnutella software installed?

If it is the former..... I'm thinking perhaps Limewire was purposefully shipped with a trojan horse.

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