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LimeWire Shut Down Permanently

Posted by on Oct 28, 2010 | Leave a Comment

After four years of tedious legal clash with US record labels, the well known peer-to-peer file sharing program Limewire has been ordered to shutdown its service permanently as a judge found it at fault of assisting users in committing copyright infraction “on a massive scale.”The clash has at last come to an end, started in 2007 which was between the privately-owned Lime Group and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

LimeWire Shut Down

As machinery and broadband speeds have enhanced, LimeWire has also been used to unlawfully share movies and popular TV shows, attracting criticism from Hollywood as well.

Word came late Tuesday that a federal court in U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood subjects a “permanent injunction” in opposition to LimeWire. They are also restricted from allowing the sharing and searching of copyrighted material on any of its software.

According to information shared by LimeWire, after today, the company will no longer support or allocate its P2P file-sharing network as the court aimed at it to disable “the searching, downloading, uploading, file trading and/or file distribution functionality, and/or all functionality.”

In 2000 Limewire was started, by a former Wall Street trader. It initially made the search and sharing of music files (mp3), a very easy task. Limewire is done for good, it was at the top of the file-sharing game, but they still it was found that The company and its founder, Mark Gorton were accountable for potentially hundreds of millions of dollars in damages, ruled a US federal court.

RIAA told the AP news agency that is was very delighted with the court’s judgment, but has said all through the case, that Limewire costs them hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue. Limewire has said that they will stick to the ruling of the court, and are currently developing new software which will let the legal download of music. In January, 2011 the case will go back to court and damages will be assessed. The statutory minimum for music copyright violation is $150,000 per violation, and the damages evaluate may total up to as much as $1 billion.

Chief executive of LimeWire George Searle said, in a blog post that the company is “disappointed” by the ruling of the court, but remained “deeply committed to working with the music industry and making the act of loving music more fulfilling for everyone.”

In the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, the suit filed by the RIAA on behalf of eight major music publishers, charged LimeWire with helping “pervasive online infringement.” It also indicts LimeWire of allowing and energetically cheering users to participate in music piracy.

The plaintiffs assert that over 93 percent of the software’s traffic was made up of infringing content, during the court proceedings.
In May 2010 federal Judge Kimba Wood found LimeWire LLC responsible for copyright breach. She also found LimeWire founder Mark Gordon to be personally answerable. The RIAA then made two separate motions, one for permanent shut down of the company, and the other for freezing of the company’s assets.

The injunction states that LimeWire’s software is used “overwhelmingly for infringement” and permit for infringement on a “massive scale.” It also states that LimeWire “intentionally encouraged direct infringement” by users and marketed its software to Napster users, who were “known copyright infringers,” by promoting LimeWire’s infringement abilities.

On October 27, 2011 Tuesday, Limewire LLC’s website displays 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.”


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