LimeWire, a popular file sharing website has been ordered by a Federal District Court in Manhattan to disable its searching, downloading, uploading, file trading and or file distribution functionality. So always remember kids, if you one day dream of inventing the next big P2P software and make money at it. DO NOT LIVE IN THE STATES. So far it seems like the best place in the world to live to host a file sharing site may be Canada. I am part Canadian and my beaver loving bothers and sisters to the North are a bit more lax than some uptight pricks here in the states.
I find it hard to believe that ONE judge in the states can decide on something like this, that affects MILLIONS of users. Just think of this…. What is any file sharing site really doing wrong? They are not actually uploading or sharing copyrighted material themselves. They are only providing a platform for peers to share shit. To me this is like closing down a pawn shop for selling a gun to a junkie who then kills a hooker because she blue balled him on a BJ. It’s going after the wrong guy!
Here’s the lowdown directly from LimeWire themselves…
As of today, we are required to stop distribution and support of LimeWire’s P2P file-sharing service as a result of a court-ordered injunction.
Naturally, we’re disappointed with this turn of events. We are extremely proud of our pioneering history and have, for years, worked hard to bridge the gap between technology and content rights holders. However, at this time, we have no option but to cease further distribution and support of our software.
It’s a sad occasion for our team, and for you – the hundreds of millions of people who have used LimeWire to discover new things.
While we have enabled open sharing and discovery for the past decade, LimeWire is mostly the product of the people who used it. You made LimeWire. Thank you for letting us be part of that. Your support and enthusiasm has fueled everything that we do.
During this challenging time, we are excited about the future. The injunction applies only to the LimeWire product. Our company remains open for business.
We remain deeply committed to working with the music industry and making the act of loving music more fulfilling for everyone – including artists, songwriters, publishers, labels, and of course music fans.
Our team of technologists and music enthusiasts is creating a completely new music service that puts you back at the center of your digital music experience.
We’ll be sharing more details about our new service and look forward to bringing it to you in the future.
Let’s just hope that US Courts do not bend over for the RIAA and start doing their bidding. I am a bit scared for the freedom of the internet being challenged. I just hope that stories like this do not lead to a lockdown on the internet itself, which I would consider outside the reach of anyone or any institution, but you never know. It’s a sad day for LimeWire and a loss for music lovers and freedom lovers everywhere.