Thursday, October 28, 2010

R.I.P., Limewire

Posted By on Thu, Oct 28, 2010 at 8:30 AM

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Oh, Limewire. You were a purveyor of free and completely illegal music to thousands for a shade under a decade. You were responsible for my very first mix CD (Elke's Mixx, represent!) and thousands of hours spent watching Radiohead tracks download. You will be missed as you join Napster and Kazaa in the technology graveyard. Find out why after the jump.

A federal judge found that 93 percent of the traffic on Limewire, which drew 50 million users a month, involved the transfer of unauthorized copyright material.

No shit.

Under the judge's orders, LimeWire ceased all "searching, downloading, uploading [and] file trading."

The decision marks the first time legal action has been taken against a peer-to-peer software provider since the United States Supreme Court ruled in 2005 that file-sharing companies could be sued for distributing copyright-infringing materials. RIAA filed their lawsuit against LimeWire in 2006.

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