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!