File Sharing Site LimeWire Shut Down Following Injunction

Long a treasure trove for free illegal music, file-sharing website LimeWire was ordered to shut its doors Tuesday after receiving an injunction from the U.S. district court of New York.

Long a treasure trove for free illegal music, file-sharing website LimeWire was ordered to shut its doors Tuesday after receiving an injunction from the U.S. district court of New York.

The ruling specifically mandated Lime Group, the operators of LimeWire, to disable its searching, downloading, uploading and file sharing mechanisms. The move ends a longstanding war between the site and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), which has rallied against the site, which it accuses of promoting piracy of copyrighted content.

LimeWire claims to be in the midst of developing new software that won’t break copyright law, but a cloud has hung over the firm for months.

Peer-to-peer services like LimeWire, alongside once-popular programs like Kazaa, have always had difficulty satisfying industry groups like the RIAA and MPAA about their legitimacy. In May, LimeWire was found liable for ‘substantial’ copyright infringement in a case from 2006 brought by the Recording Industry Association of America. In June, LimeWire was hit with a separate lawsuit by eight music publishers for copyright infringement.

The Federal Trade Commission reported earlier this year that P2P sites like LimeWire, BearShare, Kazaa and others are consistently leaking sensitive customer and employee data to the sites. The BBC has more on this story.

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Discussion

  • Mary grobler on

    you guys cant do this!!!!!!!!

    limewire is the only place where us tax payers download free music!!!!!!!

    taking away limewire is taking away or delting the entrance to the music world

     

  • Anonymous on

    This is bullshit. Go after the bigger ones not limewire. 

  • Anonymous on

    BS BS BS BS BS BS BS BS BS

  • US Government SUCKS on

    This is totally unfair for people in other countries where P2P Sharing and LimeWire is totally LEGIT! They should just make people in the US not able to use LimeWire!

  • Anonymous on

    wow that shit is gay, im not goin back 2 payin 99 cents for 1 fuckin song seriously, i have better things to waste money on than music. Limewire was the only way i could get music, and now its gone, so no more music for me, fuck apple and fuck the RIAA

  • Anonymous on

    welcome to communist america everyone

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