Judge Orders Limewire Shutdown Due to Copyright Infringement
by Brian Willett
First Napster fell, and now a court has ordered a LimeWire shutdown. The popular file-sharing software has been under fire for years due to the potential for copyright infringement through illegal filesharing, and now it looks as though it will come to an end. A New York judge ordered the LimeWire shutdown today, citing that LimeWire “intentionally encouraged direct infringement” and “marketed itself to…known copyright infringers.”
But let’s be honest, the LimeWire shutdown was going to happen sooner or later, as it’s obvious that no one was using it to share pictures of their dogs or other legal, non-copyrighted files. Today, LimeWire shut down its site, with a message noting that it was “under a court-ordered injunction to stop distributing and supporting its file-sharing software.”
LimeWire’s CEO noted that only this particular software was under fire, and that the rest of the company was open for business. In addition, LimeWire said they’d be working with the industry to move forward, perhaps in a similar manner to Napster.
“While this is not our ideal path, we hope to work with the music industry in moving forward,” said George Searle, LimeWire CEO, in a prepared statement. “We look forward to embracing necessary changes and collaborating with the entire music industry in the future.”
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