Limewire Bites the Dust!
Limewire has been shutdown. And, I must admit, I am not disturbed by that. I have cleaned up tons o’ PCs of my friends that, after using Limewire, became severely infected from bogus crapware that came through Limewire! After a four-year legal battle… they have been ordered to close up shop.
“After an arduous four years in and out of the courtroom, battling the RIAA over copyright infringement accusations, peer to peer file sharing service Limewire has finally been shut down. The RIAA’s suit against Limewire was part of a sweeping initiative to curb the trade of copyrighted materials on peer-to-peer networks. In 2005, the group sent cease and desist letters to the owners of major p2p services including Kazaa, WinMX, i2Hub, eDonkey, BearShare, and LimeWire. The orders demanded the services ‘immediately cease-and-desist from enabling and inducing the infringement of RIAA member sound recordings,’ but gave the services the option to discuss ‘pre-litigation resolutions.’ Most services complied, such as Kazaa, which offered a $115 million settlement. The RIAA eventually had to haul Limewire into court. ‘Despite numerous efforts to engage LimeWire, the site’s corporate owners have shown insufficient interest in developing a legal business model that adequately respects copyrights,’ the RIAA said at the time. After a protracted court battle, US District Court Judge Kimba Wood handed down her summary judgement in favor of the RIAA last May. As it turned out, the RIAA’s legal team presented Limewire’s ‘smoking gun’ in court back in 2008: e-mail communications that showed the service was built with the illegality of file sharing taken fully into account. Today, the service was shut down.”