Limewire ordered shut down

By Tech Staff
October 26, 2010
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It appears it's goodbye to Limewire.

The well-known file-sharing client Limewire has been ordered shut down by a U.S. federal court today after the music industry in America filed and subsequently won a lawsuit claiming liability on a 'massive scale'.

This moves comes just over 5 months after another judge ruled in favour of another lawsuit involving 13 music corporation alleging unfair competition.

The Limewire homepage features the following notice:

Quote: Originally Posted by Limewire Homepage

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.

In a statement Tuesday, the RIAA said the court will conduct a trial in January to determine damages.

Limewire chief executive George Searle said they were "disappointed" with the judge's decision. No word yet on what Limewire plans are to move forward.

While the actual software known as Limewire will cease distribution, they say its not all over yet for the Lime Group and plans to start a new music service, 'Spoon', are under way.

When the hearings to set damages takes place, the company may be ordered to pay damages up to US$1 billion.


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Praxius    Oct 27th, 2010
Not surprising and not the first to go under.

Though I have noticed over the last couple of years that P2P programs such as LimeWire have grown more and more sucky and unreliable for anything.
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bill barilko    Oct 27th, 2010
There are others.......
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Praxius    Oct 27th, 2010
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Quote: Originally Posted by bill barilko --

There are others.......

Naw..... Imesh, Bearshare, WinMX, Shareaza, Ares..... they're all the same now..... they all have almost the same identical GUI's, give you the same search results and their connections suck chunks.

Torrents are the future
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bill barilko    Oct 27th, 2010
Quote: Originally Posted by Praxius --

Naw..... Imesh, Bearshare, WinMX, Shareaza, Ares..... they're all the same now..... they all have almost the same identical GUI's, give you the same search results and their connections suck chunks.

Torrents are the future

I use Shareaza and have no probs but in truth don't use it for much-some music and a total of one movie.

Have used torrents in the past and will probably again if there's something I really want now.
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damngrumpy    Oct 27th, 2010
The time is coming when the record companies, writer organizations and governments will
go after copyright compensation. Once the shut down is complete I believe they will start
going after those who engaged in sharing the files, on the basis the whole operation is now
classified illegal. I for one never engaged in the practice, so i will watch with interest.
There will be a lot of paying up to do, if the Supreme Courts makes a full ruling. Its a long
way from a District Court, so it will be a while. The record companies are one thing but
ripping off the writers, producers and performers is something else.
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bill barilko    Oct 27th, 2010
Quote: Originally Posted by damngrumpy --

The time is coming when the record companies, writer organizations and governments will
go after copyright compensation. Once the shut down is complete I believe they will start
going after those who engaged in sharing the files, on the basis the whole operation is now
classified illegal. I for one never engaged in the practice, so i will watch with interest.
There will be a lot of paying up to do, if the Supreme Courts makes a full ruling. Its a long
way from a District Court, so it will be a while. The record companies are one thing but
ripping off the writers, producers and performers is something else.

FYI You're living in a Dream World and have No Idea how large the Real World is-and how it's been changed in the past 15 years-there is no going back.

The Old Way of doing things is gone forever-young music groups for instance know this-they give their music away online and rely on touring to make a buck.
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Turns out Shareaza uses bit torrent and a number of other ways to share files-I was confused as to what Bit Torrent really is and I'm not the only one here.
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shadowshiv    Oct 27th, 2010
This isn't that surprising. Once Napster got targeted, and successfully sued, it was a no-brainer for them to go after any similar sites. I can't say I have too much sympathy for the record companies themselves, though.
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Avro    Oct 27th, 2010
I'm not a free loader.

I buy my music either on itunes or a hard copy on disk.

Same with movies.

Never illegally stole any.
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GreenFish66    Oct 27th, 2010
I'm an Indie Artist...Share all my stuff..For better or for worse...

Also quilty of downloading music/movies from various places in the past ....

If I like the Music/Movie ..I support the Band/ Talent.

More and more often ..I get charged for Downloading regardless of whether it's Good or not...Whether it's works or not...

Big Biz/Big Gov ...Chargin' for Cyberspace...No matter at what Cost/Quality ..


(So what do you call a compilation of music nowadays?...An Album..Collection...Newest Compilation ?)...
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Bar Sinister    Oct 27th, 2010
Isn't this something of a waste of time when there are tens of thousands of tunes on YouTube that can be downloaded in MP3 format and more going up every day?

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