LimeWire is Dead
LimeWire, the peer-to-peer file sharing service today was ordered by the court to disable the searching, downloading, uploading, file trading and/or file distribution functionality, and/or all functionality of LimeWire’s P2P file-sharing software. Visitors to the site are now met with a legal notice that notifies them of the shutdown.
Judge Kimba M. Wood of the Federal District Court in Manhattan issued an injunction on Tuesday forcing LimeWire to disable “searching, downloading, uploading, file trading and/or file distribution functionality” in the company’s file-sharing software. The RIAA said that LimeWire users downloaded “billions and billions” of illegal content through the P2P software. Mark Gordon, previously a successful Wall Street trader, founded LimeWire back in 2000. However the case against him and the company found them guilty of copyright infringement and liable for damages potentially in the hundreds of millions of dollars. The court will decide in early 2011 the actual amount Gordon and LimeWire will be forced to pay. Currently LimeWire is negotiating with major music labels about a licensing deal to offer music legally through a subscription service.