Much like the Walkman, I’d be halfway surprised that LimeWire was still up and running if it wasn’t for people asking me for an alternative from time to time. To which I always refer them to iTunes or Amazon being the upstanding citizen I am. Imagine how distraught I was when I heard a judge ordered LimeWire to shut down their operation.
Software company LimeWire shut down its file sharing services on the order of a federal judge after being found liable for “a substantial amount of copyright infringement” in case brought against the company by the RIAA. RIP, peer-to-peer.
On Tuesday, Judge Kimba Wood ordered LimeWire to stop “searching, downloading, uploading, file trading and/or file distribution functionality… The case was four years old, and an order like this seemed likely after Judge Wood ruled in May that LimeWire was aware of the scope of copyright infringement on its site. [Gawker]
Realizing how vital they are to our daily lives, the company had these reassuring words to say.
An important point of clarification, LimeWire is not “shutting down”, in specific regarding our software, we are compelled to use our best efforts cease support and distribution of the file-sharing software, along with increased filtering. And, that is what we are doing. [Techdirt]
Napster brought file-sharing to the masses & Limewire brought the viruses. For that, we are eternally grateful.