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Old 10-31-2010, 10:11 PM   #1
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Exclamation Popular File Sharing Website LimeWire is Shut Down by the U.S. Federal Court

LimeWire Shut Down Permanently
By Sarah Jacobsson, PCWorld
Oct 27, 2010



File-sharing program LimeWire has been permanently shut down after a federal judge found it guilty of assisting users in committing copyright infringement "on a massive scale."

The shut-down is the final chapter in a case brought against LimeWire LLC by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) over four years ago.






The suit, filed by the RIAA on behalf of eight major music publishers in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, charged LimeWire with facilitating "pervasive online infringement."

It also accused LimeWire of allowing and actively encouraging users to participate in music piracy.

During the court proceedings, the plaintiffs claimed that over 93 percent of the software's traffic was made up of infringing content.








In May 2010, federal Judge Kimba Wood found LimeWire LLC liable for copyright infringement. She also found LimeWire founder Mark Gordon to be personally liable.

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.





At least one of these motions has been upheld, as LimeWire stopped distributing its software on Tuesday. A legal notice on the company's Website reads:

"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."









The case resumes in January 2011, when damages will be assessed.

The statutory minimum for music copyright infringement is $150,000 per infringement, and the damages assessed may total up to as much as (or possibly more than) $1 billion.

LimeWire CEO George Searle said in a blog post that the company is "naturally disappointed with this turn of events," but is "deeply committed to working with the music industry and making the act of loving music more fulfilling for everyone."

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I didnt know people still used that LOL. But damn ,well it was a good one and they managed to stick around longer than the other ones
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Are the people who use the site in trouble too...or will it be like Napster when the guy who made the site was the only one who got in trouble?
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I didnt know people still used that LOL. But damn ,well it was a good one and they managed to stick around longer than the other ones

Yeah it lasted 10 years.
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Are the people who use the site in trouble too...or will it be like Napster when the guy who made the site was the only one who got in trouble?

I believe it's only against the company and its founder. Users will not be penalized.
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I myself never used LimeWire. Some of my friends told me that it was rife with viruses and trojan horses. Never found out for myself if that was true, though.
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Was Kazaa the one where a 12 year old got sued?
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