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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: Prison time should be mandatory
By acer905 on 10/27/2010 2:27:57 PM , Rating: 2
Well, he did say "all facilitators of piracy"

Now, this is where things get a bit tricky. Who exactly fits that definition. Generally in the pirating world there are people who upload, and people who download. (With the fun mid ground of torrent engines, where generally everyone does both)

Based on this, the facilitator would seem to be the uploader, because they are creating an unauthorized copy of something. However, because of the way that downloading works, the downloader is also creating a copy. So, are both facilitators? Or does the classic principle apply.

Generally, anything broadcast over public airwaves is free for anyone to use, with the only significant exception being profiting from it (at least during a time other than its broadcast, i don't recall anything stating you can't charge admission to your house for people to see something as it is broadcasted) Based on the freedom of the airwaves, you can record anything for personal use.

An extension of this would seem to indicate that anything that has ever been broadcasted on open airwaves is free for anyone to utilize because ultimately the broadcasters have paid for the content. Radio stations have commercials for the same reasons networks do, to fund content.

The station gets content receivers, which in turn makes the advertisers want to give money to the station. The station uses the money to pay the content providers to give them content. This new content attracts/keeps the content receivers. All the content is paid for, with the rights for anyone to receive it. Essentially, broadcast media belongs to the public.

So then, really the only facilitators of piracy seem to be the ones who make available content which has, at the point of availability, never appeared in broadcast form.


By The Raven on 10/27/2010 3:22:00 PM , Rating: 2
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Well, he did say "all facilitators of piracy"


Well, he did say...

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Yes, because downloading or sharing a digital song is worst than say arson, or burglary, or any non violent/drug felony, all of which on average have less than a five year sentence!


I think you missed his point.
This goes for uploaders and the software coders and those with servers directing people to the content (or actually hosting the content itself).


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