Judge pulls the plug on LimeWire


The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), in its quest to stop people from downloading free music off the internet, has successful running the file sharing program Limewire out of business as a judge has order that the programmers behind the popular software to to disable “all functionality.”

via Engadget.com:

Today marks another sad day for the three people out there using P2P sites to share open source software and copyright-free materials — plus all the other millions of people downloading illegal stuff. The RIAA has been involved in a legal battle against popular P2P client Limewire for years now and back in June it finally got the verdict it was looking for. A federal court found that the Lime Group, which maintains and distributes the software, did not take “meaningful efforts to mitigate infringement.” Now, that same court has issued an injunction ordering that Lime Group disable “the searching, downloading, uploading, file trading and/or file distribution functionality, and/or all functionality.” So, you know, pretty much turn the thing off. We’re not sure when that’ll happen, but we’re guessing soon, and while a Lime Group representative indicated a desire to move forward and work with the record labels that seems awfully optimistic. You see, the court still hasn’t decided how much the Group owes in damages, and we think that rather than working with them going forward the RIAA would prefer to put this lime in a coconut and, well…

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