Court injunction halts LimeWire downloads

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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    • Switchbach
    • 9 years ago

    Some might say, “The King is dead. Long live the King”.
    Not only does the desk thumping, hysterical rantings of the riaa resemble a stuck record, there are similarities to King Canute’s antics going on here. Perhaps a case of sticky fingers being stuck into the bursting dam. Good luck to you dinosaurs, the rest of the world is getting tired of waiting to move way past your visions.

    • Chrispy_
    • 9 years ago

    July 2000, Napster shut down
    Dec 2004, Suprnova shut down
    Nov 2009, Mininova shut down
    Oct 2010, LimeWire shut down

    At this rate, the whole internet will be shut down by 1998!!1

    • Prospero424
    • 9 years ago

    I honestly don’t remember the last time I saw a computer with LimeWire installed on it that wasn’t absolutely infested with malware.

    Good riddance.

    • Vaughn
    • 9 years ago

    Apparently only noobs use Limeware so this isn’t really a loss.

    Plus all those people that are in support roles alteast you won’t be getting anymore Limeware virus infested PC’s to fix.

    So this is a blessing lol.

    • eitje
    • 9 years ago

    10 years ago, I liked audiogalaxy a lot.

      • Prospero424
      • 9 years ago

      Have you seen the new AudioGalaxy? It’s AWESOME. It’s not a music discovery/download service, it simply lets you stream your local music collection to any browser and most mobile devices.

      This is what I’ve been waiting the better part of a decade for someone to finally get right. And it’s finally here.

      Right now, it supports .mp3, .m4a (AAC), FLAC, and Apple Lossless. They’re working on more formats.

    • NeXus 6
    • 9 years ago

    lol at their message. P2P for dummies.

    • Corrado
    • 9 years ago

    People still use these things?

    • bdwilcox
    • 9 years ago

    LimeWire replacement in 3, 2, 1…

      • sweatshopking
      • 9 years ago

      frost wire. it’s not run by a company, can’t really be shutdown, and has been a better alternative for about 5 years.

    • ModernPrimitive
    • 9 years ago

    I’m surprised it has taken this long….

      • BiffStroganoffsky
      • 9 years ago

      Welcome to the legal system.

    • albundy
    • 9 years ago

    meh, just mod it, like opennap…

    • l33t-g4m3r
    • 9 years ago

    napster, edonkey, kazaa, bearshare, limewire, etc.
    They’re taking out easy targets.
    uTorrent probably hasn’t been hit yet because it’s not a good p2p program, and you can easily be tracked.
    All closed source p2p programs run by a group can easily be shut down.
    The answer? Open source anonymous p2p networks.

      • Majiir Paktu
      • 9 years ago

      Shutting down ĀµTorrent for copyright infringement would be like shutting down a road construction company because a drunk driver hit another car on their road.

    • 5150
    • 9 years ago

    Where will my malware come from now?!

      • 5150
      • 9 years ago

      Oh yeah, Facebook.

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