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LimeWire Shut Down By US Court

LimeWire, a free peer-to-peer file sharing client for Windows, Linux, Mac OS X and other operating systems, has been shut down by the US district court in New York. This brings to an end four years of legal battle between Lime Group and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The court injunction against one of the biggest file-sharing Internet sites, compels Lime Group to disable its searching, downloading, uploading and file trading features. The federal court ruled that ‘the platform intentionally caused “massive scale of infringement” by permitting the sharing of thousands of copyrighted works by its 50 million monthly users’.

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Legal Notice on LimeWire

Thus, visitors to the LimeWire Website are now confronted with a legal notice that reads: “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 authorisation is illegal”. Meanwhile, a Lime Group spokeswoman, Fiffany Garnaccia, told AP that while they are out of the file-sharing business, other aspects of the organisation remains ongoing.The firm plans to launch new services that adhere to copyright laws soon.

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How important is this ruling in the crack down against illegal file-sharing?

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  2. Henway

    October 28, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    At the end of the day, people will always find a way to get what they want.. whether its thru IRC, Bittorrent, etc. We’re just so used to getting music for free, and it’ll be tough to stop this mindset.

  3. CPR

    October 28, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    Honestly? I’m surprised it took this long. I forgot Limewire existed for long stretches of time. I’m grown up now… I’m buying stuff.

    • DKNJ Networks

      October 29, 2010 at 5:36 am

      I agree with you CPR, it did take a while. Limewire was a great idea but it got completely out of hand.

      • Admin

        November 2, 2010 at 8:24 pm

        What a shame. Who would have thought that it would end up like this?

  4. callezee

    October 29, 2010 at 7:30 am

    Thanks for updating this info….

  5. Hip Recall Attorney

    October 29, 2010 at 11:55 pm

    Literally they have to stop the entire internet to stop people from sharing music. The music industry has to realize that releasing some music is not enough. Most albums suck with only a few songs that are good and in day in age you do not have to except that nor do you have to pay for it. Their loss of earnings was because of bad products not file sharing.

  6. Computers Smart Phones Technology

    October 31, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    The rules of the court is great, I hope LimeWire will come up with a better software that will adhere to copyright laws.

  7. Federico Capoano

    November 4, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    Copyright is for losers!
    I’m not gonna spend a cent to buy any album I’m sorry.

    I support music by going to concerts, listening to radio, going to music events, but I don’t want to give any money to this f**kers copyright holders and music mafia.

    Support the artists, not the mafia behind it.

  8. ShoutMeTech

    February 24, 2012 at 12:54 am

    Which is the best desktop alternative to Linewire for now?? :0

  9. Sinclair

    November 14, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    Limewire was one of the best torrent application when i was a newbie i could download stuff easily. But as compared to new torrent applications that’s not a better one i feel.

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