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#343188 - 10/26/10 07:04 PM LimeWire Software is Officially Dead
AndyJB2005 Offline
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A lot of people may not be familiar with Limewire, but this court decision is a huge victory against the proliferation of child pornography. That software has probably passed along millions (or more) of pictures and videos due to the "anonymous," person-to-person nature of the program. It was possibly the #1 source at one time when 1/3 of computers had the program.

Now that they are court ordered to stop distributing and supporting its software (albeit due to illegal music sharing, but beggers can't be choosers), I'm thinking it will prevent a ton of distribution as it slowly dies as a software.

I'm glad it's finally dead, even if it's coming back in a less p2p (and more legal) way.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cg...ion-2010-10.DTL

LimeWire Software is Officially Dead
Matt Rosoff

LimeWire, which was once the iTunes of file-sharing software, is officially dead.

Parent company the Lime Group received a permanent injunction (PDF here) this afternoon from U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood ordering it to stop distributing and supporting LimeWire, and the company complied. The injunction is the latest step in a copyright infringement lawsuit filed by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) way back in 2006. Last May, the RIAA was granted summary judgment on almost all counts, and later in the summer it filed for a permanent injunction. That injunction came down today.

It's quite a downfall for a piece of software that was once found on one-third of all PCs worldwide, according to digital music tracker BigChampagne.

Earlier this month, the company contacted me to talk about plans for a forthcoming service that will launch with a different name. They weren't ready to share details, but the service is going to be more extensive than the LimeWire Store, which sells MP3 downloads from some independent labels, and will have some sort of social aspect. The company's PR rep said that development was almost done, and that Lime hoped to launch the new service by the end of 2010.

But development was only half the battle--the company was trying negotiate deals with the four major labels that form the RIAA's backbone and sell about 80% of all recorded music.Today's injunction could put a freeze on those talks, but LimeWire still plans to press forward anyway. But the digital music road is tough enough for legal services like Rhapsody that have good relationships with the major labels. Without them, it's almost impossible to make a dent..

A hearing to determine damages in the RIAA trial is set for January, and LimeWire could be on the hook for $1 billion or more.

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#343639 - 10/30/10 10:42 AM Re: LimeWire Software is Officially Dead [Re: AndyJB2005]
Silly Offline
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Being in business of computer repair, this is great news. In my experience Limewire is used for 3 things - stealing music, stealing movies, and pornography (and yes child porn). This is a good thing indeed.

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#343640 - 10/30/10 10:51 AM Re: LimeWire Software is Officially Dead [Re: Silly]
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Registered: 01/10/09
Posts: 280
I hate to tell you this, but Limewire's demise means nothing to your average pirate. For one, its open source so an injunction against any one group effectively means nothing. A derivative called Frostwire surpassed it many years ago in terms of popularity. Second, there's so many ways to pirate stuff its not even funny, and as a practical matter, there's nothing the law can do about it. It would mean reengineering the Internet in extremely fundamental ways that would have an enormous number of interests screaming bloody murder.


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#343673 - 10/30/10 02:24 PM Re: LimeWire Software is Officially Dead [Re: InsideTheWall]
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I was at a conference last week and one of the presenters, talking about the problems one can incur sharing files, said that using Limewire "is like having unprotected sex with a prostitute."


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#344509 - 11/08/10 07:36 PM Re: LimeWire Software is Officially Dead [Re: Ken Singer, LCSW]
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I applaud the closing of Limewire, but I must add the caveat that Limewire itself wasn't the problem; it's nothing more than a front end. It can't stop the proliferation of child pornography any more than ordering Mozilla to stop distributing the Firefox web browser keeps people from accessing the internet - they can just download Internet Explorer instead, or Opera, or some other web browser, and get on the very same internet.

The problem is a file-sharing network, whose name is (I think) called something like "OpenNap". That's what Limewire connected to; that's the network all the stolen music and child pornography is traded on. Now that Limewire's not available, people will just use other "OpenNap browsers" to get on the same network. In fact, and somewhat ironically, they might've made it safer for file-stealers file traders because I believe Limewire bundled adware with their client that could infect peoples' computers.

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