LimeWire resurrected by Secret Dev Team

Last month, LimeWire was forced to shut down after a court order injunction against the P2P file-sharing software company. When LimeWire was shut down on October 26, 2010, it left hundreds of thousands of users without any alternative software.

Not even a month later, LimeWire was resurrected by a "secret dev team" of programmers who sought to keep the service running. A new version of the software appeared on torrent websites today, dubbed 'LimeWire Pirate Edition' and is based off LimeWire 5.6 beta without spyware, adware and all the features of LimeWire PRO unlocked.

LimeWire Pirate Edition (LPE) is an unofficial and unauthorized version of the software, and is not endorsed at all by LimeWire, according to a posting on their website,

We have very recently become aware of applications on the internet purporting to use the LimeWire name, such as the LimeWire Pirate Edition. We demand that all persons using the LimeWire software, name, or trademark in order to upload or download copyrighted works in any manner cease and desist from doing so. We further remind you that the unauthorized uploading and downloading of copyrighted works is illegal.

The Pirate Edition of the software is identical to LimeWire 5.6 beta, but has all traces and dependencies of LimeWire LLC. removed from it.

It will be interesting to see how the RIAA and MPAA take to this announcement, and just goes to show just how powerful the Internet can be.

Thanks to Mephistopheles for the news tip!

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I can't believe people were still using LimeWire when it closed. It isn't 2003 any more! LimeWire should have died years ago.

HOORAY ..virus's for everybody
Now if someone could just get Kazza back the would be ..like OMG EPIC !!111

They should bundle that garbage with coupons for Geek Squad for the so called leet hackin script kiddies out there too..

i shouldnt complain i've made lots of money removin malware from idiots pc's that download off of crap p2p apps like limewire LOL

P2P or torrents aren't exactly controllable if someone hacks it. or at least that was the defence in the early days. technically allofmp3.com is still around. Just a pain to put money in the queue. so I don't use it. Not that theres any good music out there. except for imports. Tiesto and Poets of the Fall (loved POTF so much I imported their first cd for well over $30. Felt it was that good. If it's good one will spend alot for something.

Torrents rock for the free files. Newsgroups and RapidShare are reliable but cost $. Most internet geeks go for free over a pay service, unless they're running the pay service lol. Limewire was so 2002! Yeah, it served it purpose and was good until something else better came along.

The thing that seems to be overlooked is that you can infect yourself with other P2P apps as well if you are careless and don't use common sense. Sure, there may be more on an unregulated network such as Gnutella, but if you are careful, use a bit of common sense and scan everything (which "normal" people never seem to ever do) then you can avoid picking up an infection.

Frostwire can already do everything Limewire Pro can, it's both free and open source so why bother with this?

That said I never really used Frostwire for illicit means, just to find abandonware files, abandonware games and other old software that couldn't be found through other means online. I haven't use Frostwire in a while, now I tend to stick to torrents or newsgroups for my legal needs, mostly newsgroups since I can max out my connection unlike with torrents because I'm on a heavily routed satellite connection with a shared ip address between other subscribers.

warwagon said,
Why someone would want to resurrect that malware infected content piece of **** is beyond me.

To prove a point? That no matter how much [legal] force the RIAA/MPAA exerts, it's not going to fix piracy...

by a secret team!. Oh yea!. And who is there?. Chuck Norris and his friends?. Or the FBI working with MPAA and RIAA?

Of course all the people that use it respond...

How much do you want to bet they dropped in a trojan or a backdoor into this modified version?

shinji257 said,
Of course all the people that use it respond...

How much do you want to bet they dropped in a trojan or a backdoor into this modified version?

I bet nothing as it's all over the news. Wouldn't someone have noticed by now?

You've just stolen this information and title from torrentfreak.
Yeah, nice way to not credit your sources, thieves.

n_K said,
You've just stolen this information and title from torrentfreak.
Yeah, nice way to not credit your sources, thieves.

The irony.

please let it die, its like a 2 dollar hooker - full of nasties! install limewire and you'll have warts growing on your PC's balls quicker than you can say 'riddled network'

duddit2 said,
please let it die, its like a 2 dollar hooker - full of nasties! install limewire and you'll have warts growing on your PC's balls quicker than you can say 'riddled network'

i loled

Windows7even said,
Torrents need to die...good ol http transfers work just fine...gotta pay to play as they say.

what are and how do you do http transfers?

Who would want LimeWire back. What is this 2002? And if you need something like that for whatever ungodly reason there's FrostWire.

Why not just use Frostwire? Same interface, same code base, some of the original devs wanted it open source so they branched off and made "Frostwire" from "Limewire". It's also still actively developed and doesn't spam you with ads to "Buy Limewire Pro!"

CoMMo said,
Why not just use Frostwire? Same interface, same code base, some of the original devs wanted it open source so they branched off and made "Frostwire" from "Limewire". It's also still actively developed and doesn't spam you with ads to "Buy Limewire Pro!"

Frostwire is much better and faster with turbo-charge,Limewire Pro is nothing more than a money sucker.

CoMMo said,
Why not just use Frostwire? Same interface, same code base, some of the original devs wanted it open source so they branched off and made "Frostwire" from "Limewire". It's also still actively developed and doesn't spam you with ads to "Buy Limewire Pro!"

LimeWire Pirate Edition in this article doesn't spam you with that.
It's LimeWire Pro, unlocked.

Northgrove said,

LimeWire Pirate Edition in this article doesn't spam you with that.
It's LimeWire Pro, unlocked.
Yeah except Gnutella needs to die as its 10 years old.

SkyMoon said,

Frostwire is much better and faster with turbo-charge,Limewire Pro is nothing more than a money sucker.

i don't know anyone that paid for limewire pro, yet everyone still had a copy

timster said,
i don't know anyone that paid for limewire pro, yet everyone still had a copy

That's what I find funny. You could have LimeWire Pro for free if you typed "LimeWire Pro" on the search box, (it worked believe me (please note that spyware and adware are to be found if used recklessly))

It will be interesting to see how the RIAA and MPAA take to this announcement, and just goes to show just how powerful the Internet can be.

Yep and why these came corporations are trying to kill it by preventing net neutrality.

Not awesome.
Gnutella needs to die now. People need to start realizing how 'awesome' Torrents are.

...and we need more seeds.

Ishanx said,
Not awesome.
Gnutella needs to die now. People need to start realizing how 'awesome' Torrents are.

...and we need more seeds.

Lol, in an ideal world

Ishanx said,
Not awesome.
Gnutella needs to die now. People need to start realizing how 'awesome' Torrents are.

...and we need more seeds.

Neither of those are awesome. Haven't used anything like Limewire in years and have NEVER used torrents, but I bet I can locate and get ANYTHING you can?

cork1958 said,

Neither of those are awesome. Haven't used anything like Limewire in years and have NEVER used torrents, but I bet I can locate and get ANYTHING you can?

I bet you felt very l337 and special, while typing that waste of space post.

cork1958 said,

Neither of those are awesome. Haven't used anything like Limewire in years and have NEVER used torrents, but I bet I can locate and get ANYTHING you can?

Without any knowledge of bittorrent or limewire... I really doubt that.

cork1958 said,

Neither of those are awesome. Haven't used anything like Limewire in years and have NEVER used torrents, but I bet I can locate and get ANYTHING you can?


Oh yeah? How about The Hare Psychopathy Checklist-Revised (PCL-R)?

De.Bug said,
Without any knowledge of bittorrent or limewire... I really doubt that.

Yes.. It's called Usenet.

Edit: My comments seems to have appeared in the wrong place

Ishanx said,
Not awesome.
Gnutella needs to die now. People need to start realizing how 'awesome' Torrents are.

...and we need more seeds.

Torrents are nice but mostly because they are free. newsgroups are the best but they do cost a little money (about $11 a month unlimited downloads and pretty much unlimited speed) but for the convenience they offer and the wide range of stuff they have it's a very good deal for what you get and speed will basically max out your internet line. but they are not as straight forward to use like torrents are but once i used those i can't go back to anything else.

so in other words if you got 11 bucks to burn per month... Newsgroups at flat out better than torrents because of the instant access to the download and basically will go as fast as your internet line allows etc.

Edited by ThaCrip, Nov 11 2010, 5:45am :

Irony; Limewire issuing a cease and desist statement/plea from using a pirated/spoofed version of their intellectual property "in order to upload or download copyrighted works in any manner".

What are they supposed to do? Say "ehhh, go for it" and get sued to oblivion for having their name associated with something explicitly said to be used for piracy?

Esvandiary said,
What are they supposed to do? Say "ehhh, go for it" and get sued to oblivion for having their name associated with something explicitly said to be used for piracy?

Sir, I must ask you to leave. Common Sense has no place here