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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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By sweetspot on 10/27/2010 2:11:09 PM , Rating: 2
The main deal with digital downloading most folks dont realize and the long term effects, and what type of media to use going forward for such cases.

1. LP Records - not in use anymore
2 Casset tapes - not in use anymore
2. CD Roms - in use but sliding away
3. digital downloads - in use but for how long

See the trend in technology, the point being if you like old music or even newer stuff, how do you preserve, your right to keep and use what you paid for when technology changes.

You are forced to re-pay for the new format even though you paid for those songs already.

Technology changing re-purchases has nothing to do with the bands or music industry at all, as the songs dont change, just the media delivery systems do.

How about when that digital download site goes out of business, then how will someone get a copy of what they paid for, if they lose their mps aka Hard drive crash or something, and with bad economy, businesses are folding quickly now. How long will a digital site be up 5 maybe 10 years ?

Think long term and you will see how these effect things better. Short term effects, most folks dont see or realize when they spend what will happen later on.

99% of the world is short term thinkers, which is why most of the worlds people are genreally poor.

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