The LimeWire peer-to-peer file sharing app first debuted more than a decade ago. BitTorrent wasn't around at the time, but LimeWire used the then-new Gnutella network to spread its
warez wares and adopted torrents when they began to take over the P2P scene. All good things must come to and end, and LimeWire's website now bears the following message:
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.
As Ars Technica Reports, the message was spawned by an court injunction demanding that the "searching, downloading, uploading, file trading and/or file distribution functionality, and/or all functionality" of the LimeWire app be disabled. A trial to assess damages will begin in January, although LimeWire appears to be intent on reforming its ways and becoming an legitimate player in the music business.
Napster's been living the straight life for a while now, but it doesn't appear to have found much success. The prospects for LimeWire seem similarly dim. Folks who don't want to pay for content will migrate to other software and services that haven't yet been cornered by The Man, and those willing to open their wallets will likely find better options among other legitimate services that have had more time to establish themselves.
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