LimeWire Ordered to Close Up Shop

File-sharing software
is officially verboten.


By Fred Mills


The world of illicit file-sharing just got a little colder
yesterday after software company LimeWire was ordered by U.S. District Court
judge in Manhattan
to stop distributing its file-sharing product. LimeWire, long embattled due to
its copyright violation enabling status (so to speak), had been sued four years
ago by the music industry (plaintiffs included Sony, Virgin, Arista, Capitol
and Warner Bros.).


According to, the judge determined that LimeWire “intentionally
encouraged direct infringement” by users of its site, and also “marketed
itself to Napster users, who were known copyright infringers.”


The Lime Company posted a message from LimeWire CEO George Searle that read,
in part, “As of today, we are required to stop distribution and support of
LimeWire’s P2P file-sharing service as a result of a court-ordered injunction. Naturally,
we’re disappointed with this turn of events. We are extremely proud of our
pioneering history and have, for years, worked hard to bridge the gap between
technology and content rights holders. However, at this time, we have no option
but to cease further distribution and support of our software. While we have
enabled open sharing and discovery for the past decade, LimeWire is mostly the
product of the people who used it.


“The injunction applies only to the LimeWire product. Our company remains
open for business. We remain deeply committed to working with the music
industry and making the act of loving music more fulfilling for everyone –
including artists, songwriters, publishers, labels, and of course music fans. Our
team of technologists and music enthusiasts is creating a completely new music
service that puts you back at the center of your digital music


Download fiends eagerly await the next chapter in the LimeWire story, no
doubt. That noise you hear in the background? It’s the sound of millions of
jonesing file-sharers beating a path to BitTorrent….




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