Attention everyone who was downloading music from the file-sharing site Limewire! As you probably know, the site makes it a little too easy for users to commit copyright infringement. The US district court in New York has issued an injunction which has shut down Limewire indefinitely.
If you go to the Limewire site, you’ll be hit with this:
“This is an official notice that LimeWire is under a court-ordered injunction to stop distributing and supporting its file-sharing software. Downloading or sharing copyrighted content without authorization is illegal.” Well duh! I just want to know why the Limewire shut down wasn’t done sooner.
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As expected, the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) was thrilled with judge Kimba Wood’s ruling and told the Associated Press:
‘It will start to unwind the massive piracy machine that LimeWire… used to enrich themselves immensely,’ said RIAA spokesman Jonathan Lamy.
Lime Group spokeswoman Tiffany Guarnaccia commented on the Limewire shut down:
We are out of the file-sharing business, but you can make it known that other aspects of our business remain ongoing.
I don’t know about you, but Limewire was cool for about 2 seconds. Every time I used the program, I would get a computer virus from files with Trojans. So maybe the Limewire shut down isn’t such a bad thing. Besides, anyone can google cheapers alternatives to iTunes…