LimeWire goes sour, court orders immediate shut down

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LimeWire's days of file-sharing are over after a court ruling today is forcing the company to stop distributing and supporting LimeWire's P2P file-sharing service.

As per the court ruling, LimeWire "intentionally encouraged direct infringement" and that they were well aware they were endorsing piracy; they were marketing the program to Napster users who were known copyright infringers.

The immediate shutdown notice will prevent any users from using their software and when you try to use it, you will be promoted with a notice about the court order takedown.

Although LimeWire alerted users with a warning about illegally sharing and distributing copyrighted material, it wasn't enough to prevent the courts from forcing the owners to shut the service down. LimeWire now joins a long line of other P2P filesharing applications like KaZaa and Napster that have both faced the same demise.

But KaZaa and Napster did find success after their court ordered shutdowns from major record labels to sell and promote music, but according to sources, LimeWire has been turned down by all of the major record labels and will face a complete shutdown.

A LimeWire spokesperson told Neowin in an email exchange:

"While this is not our ideal path, we hope to work with the music industry in moving forward.  We look forward to embracing necessary changes and collaborating with the entire music industry in the future."
"We are out of the file-sharing business, but that other aspects of our business remain ongoing."

Limewire.com is still up and running, but prompts users with the above legal notice, and a link to their court ordered shut down, which can be found here (PDF)

Thanks to Mephistopheles for the tip!

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As per the court ruling, LimeWire "intentionally encouraged direct infringement"

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And what gun makers do ? encourage peace ?

Hmm.. that sucks. I use usenet for most of my stuff.. but limewire was nice for getting those single songs that you hear on the radio.

Funny, because gnutella is still up and running, so how does the loss of one client have any effect on file sharing? Another example of the RIAA stumbling around blindly in a technology they know nothing about.

i actually like all that P2P type software as it keeps all those MPAA/RIAA type organizations away from the best stuff

You just can't legislate or litigate away stupidity. With or without P2P apps, people will still be silly and download bad things. People will also continue getting free 'stuff' anyway they can, just as they have since I setup Trumpet Winsock for the first time back in 1992ish and soon after saw the debauchery going on via IRC.

Best of luck though! Attorney's need to eat too.

zkid2010 said,
You just can't legislate or litigate away stupidity. With or without P2P apps, people will still be silly and download bad things. People will also continue getting free 'stuff' anyway they can, just as they have since I setup Trumpet Winsock for the first time back in 1992ish and soon after saw the debauchery going on via IRC.

Best of luck though! Attorney's need to eat too.

I'm with you there.

Skyfrog said,
Did anyone even use it anymore, it has been nothing but viruses and fake files for years.

You obviously haven't used it for years

ironsight2000 said,
now if there was a way to disinfect all those infected computers with out the user knowing.

create a program that does it. call it Limewire v2

Finally! These Limiwire (consumer friendly) services are nothing more than breeding ground for viruses. When someone asks me where to get music from, I just say "buy it, if you don't know how to find it." Next day, without fail "Hey have you ever used Limewire?" That's when I walk the other way.

I wouldn't be surprised if Apple was a silent partner in these virus spreaders. After all, an infected PC is only 5 mins from the nearest Apple store.

RIP Limewire.

jwoodfin09 said,

Frostwire just isnt the same lol...the song quality is horrible

Haha. What??

It runs on the same network, and has all the same songs... lol.

Mikeyx11 said,

Haha. What??

It runs on the same network, and has all the same songs... lol.

Lol...actually its worse... i struggle to find quality songs...whereas Limewire offers quality downloads more often

jwoodfin09 said,

Lol...actually its worse... i struggle to find quality songs...whereas Limewire offers quality downloads more often


But that doesn't AFFECT the quality of the songs, it's just the search isn't as good... lol. Sigh.

Just like every other p2p software, you shut it down and another one takes it's place. By the way apparently if you install an older client it still works.

3dfxman said,
Just like every other p2p software, you shut it down and another one takes it's place. By the way apparently if you install an older client it still works.

I'm sure they will shut that down too.

.Neo said,
People still use that peace of Java junk?

+2

I tried hard to like it, but the Java look and feel of the app always put me off.

ilhuicacoatl said,
You can't stop filesharing...it's a basic tenet of the internet as we know it today.

Thank you so much for not saying "tenant".

Shiranui said,

Thank you so much for not saying "tenant".


To be fair, it could also be considered a tenant of the internet nowadays.

The true sad part about is -- now they shut down Lime-wire-- but another will start up just like that--

anyone remember Kazza -- or Morpheus -- or any of the other ones that were there before....


Though something should tell the music industry that they should endorse it --- most people would pay a modest fee just to have their favorites-- I mean just look at how much ITunes's users buy songs.

When will they learn they should have worked with sites like this on a pay to play scale......
They would have raked in on the deal.

Instead some program will just take its place-(and like stated above- buggy program)--- probably hosted in a country with no laws where file sharing is not illegal ...

I once heard a quote not exactly sure where or by whom ---

Sometimes the known enemy is better than the unknown one.

redvamp128 said,
The true sad part about is -- now they shut down Lime-wire-- but another will start up just like that--

anyone remember Kazza -- or Morpheus -- or any of the other ones that were there before....


Though something should tell the music industry that they should endorse it --- most people would pay a modest fee just to have their favorites-- I mean just look at how much ITunes's users buy songs.

When will they learn they should have worked with sites like this on a pay to play scale......
They would have raked in on the deal.

Instead some program will just take its place---- probably hosted in a country with no laws where file sharing is not illegal ...

I once heard a quote not exactly sure where or by whom ---

Sometimes the known enemy is better than the unknown one.

Wow, so you see this as an entry point for terrorists? I mean you didn't really bring the brass and just come out and say that but that's what anyone with a brain can read.

Tell me then, tea party much my paranoid friend?

zkid2010 said,

Wow, so you see this as an entry point for terrorists? I mean you didn't really bring the brass and just come out and say that but that's what anyone with a brain can read.

Tell me then, tea party much my paranoid friend?

No -- why do you ask? I don'[t tea part and I am not paranoid...


I have just been dealing with computers for a very long time-- since the late 80's and have seen file sharing programs come and go-\

Now how do you get terrorist from any statement I have made.???

Would actually seem like it is on your mind because you stated it....
and you call me political -- and paranoid...

I have said all I am going to say about this one..

Not to mention -- I know how to remove all the bad things limewire can bring on...so now a new program will be out there and time to figure out its in's and outs.

redvamp128 said,

No -- why do you ask? I don'[t tea part and I am not paranoid...


I have just been dealing with computers for a very long time-- since the late 80's and have seen file sharing programs come and go-\

Now how do you get terrorist from any statement I have made.???

Would actually seem like it is on your mind because you stated it....
and you call me political -- and paranoid...

I have said all I am going to say about this one..

Not to mention -- I know how to remove all the bad things limewire can bring on...so now a new program will be out there and time to figure out its in's and outs.


Limewire isn't what you need to figure the "ins and outs" of; it's the software people download via it.

For someone who has been "dealing with computers" since the late '80s, you use the sentence structure of someone who just became literate this decade.

Xenosion said,

Limewire isn't what you need to figure the "ins and outs" of; it's the software people download via it.

For someone who has been "dealing with computers" since the late '80s, you use the sentence structure of someone who just became literate this decade.


Actually what I meant was how to remove the actual program, the uninstaller leaves far too many things behind. As far as sentence structure, I am also trying to talk on Yahoo and type in this box.

Not to mention -- finally when they actually got the program running to where it does not crash systems they shut it down.

and as far as " in's and out's" you can thank Mozilla spell check for that one...

For the record I have never used lime-wire.

zkid2010 said,

Wow, so you see this as an entry point for terrorists? I mean you didn't really bring the brass and just come out and say that but that's what anyone with a brain can read.

Tell me then, tea party much my paranoid friend?

LOLWTF???? How the hell does that have ANYTHING to do with anything he said?

wow... haha.

ILikeTobacco said,
Thank god. Getting sick at fixing peoples computers that have viruses because of that crappy software

Oh come now. You'll be even busier, bad or good for you, because now people will start using utorrent and stuff like that exclusively - and we all know you don't get virus' thru those apps.

zkid2010 said,

Oh come now. You'll be even busier, bad or good for you, because now people will start using utorrent and stuff like that exclusively - and we all know you don't get virus' thru those apps.

Of course you can get viruses through those, the difference is my 70 year old grandma doesn't know how to use it because it requires more than clicking a single button to use torrents

ILikeTobacco said,

Of course you can get viruses through those, the difference is my 70 year old grandma doesn't know how to use it because it requires more than clicking a single button to use torrents

Wow really? Because as I sit here and look at utorrent running in my tray, I'm pretty sure when I click a torrent link, it starts downloading LOL.

Wth torrent software are you using

ILikeTobacco said,
Thank god. Getting sick at fixing peoples computers that have viruses because of that crappy software

+1

zkid2010 said,

Oh come now. You'll be even busier, bad or good for you, because now people will start using utorrent and stuff like that exclusively - and we all know you don't get virus' thru those apps.

i've never gotten a virus from a torrent. stop using thepiratebay and monova

ILikeTobacco said,
Thank god. Getting sick at fixing peoples computers that have viruses because of that crappy software

Funny i have been using LimeWire for years and never had an issue, must just be stupid people downloading fake files.

ILikeTobacco said,

Of course you can get viruses through those, the difference is my 70 year old grandma doesn't know how to use it because it requires more than clicking a single button to use torrents

If only she knew you were giving her aids and taking her money.

ILikeTobacco said,
Thank god. Getting sick at fixing peoples computers that have viruses because of that crappy software

+1. Every person I know that's ever used Limewire ended up with a virus...

ILikeTobacco said,
Thank god. Getting sick at fixing peoples computers that have viruses because of that crappy software

I get tons of $$$ from people fixing comps on the side, so as long as Facebook,myspace, limewire and others are causing them to get infected them I'm all for it!!

sava700 said,

I get tons of $$ from people fixing comps on the side, so as long as Facebook,myspace, limewire and others are causing them to get infected them I'm all for it!!

Exactly what I tought. I love it too.

ILikeTobacco said,
Thank god. Getting sick at fixing peoples computers that have viruses because of that crappy software

there's still frostwire and imesh and all that other stuff anyway, there'll always be a replacement and that'll bring viruses etc..