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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > LimeWire is Forced to Go Offline

LimeWire is Forced to Go Offline

LimeWire is Forced to Go Offline

Added: Monday, June 14th, 2010
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Ridiculous Criminal Trials
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
The entertainment industry is making another effort to target peer-to-peer technology which has already been outdated by the time of the lawsuit. No much fun for file-sharers.


The RIAA celebrated a victory this past May when it succeeded to convince US District Judge that the popular file-sharing network LimeWire along with its owner, Mark Gorton, is liable for copyright violation, as well as for unfair competition and encouraging other users to commit copyright theft on a large scale. RIAA’s chairman rejoiced that the court victory has proved that LimeWire was fully responsible for committing widely distributed copyright infringement.

While enjoying the ruled decision, the RIAA is also asking a court to issue a permanent injunction against P2P service, saying that the industry has suffered and will keep suffering from its operations if the network is allowed to continue its activity and provide the file-sharing service. The reason voiced is that LimeWire induces the illegal, free sharing of the industry’s copyrighted works which it pays millions to the entertainment market and sells to the buyers.

The RIAA especially highlights that unauthorized digital distribution of music content on networks like LimeWire has caused the creation of an entire generation of people accustomed to downloading music for free. That’s why the industry demands LimeWire either to cease its operations or remain online only upon condition that it manages to prevent the customers from downloading copyrighted content. In order to comply, LimeWire is suggested to disable both downloading and uploading, as well as distribution and searching functionality, in other words, to create its entirely new version, which in addition should contain a copyright filter.

However, the problem is that although LimeWire did harm the industry and should probably be hold liable for that, it won’t solve the issue. As many other services, LimeWire is open source, which means it will always exist in some form. Not only this type of service will, but also BitTorrent, online streaming and online content hosting websites too.

The RIAA spent lots of time and money to prevent a P2P network from profiting from unauthorized downloading, which is actually fair. The only question is that whether the result was worth the efforts?

June 14th, 2010

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Date:  Monday, June 14th, 2010

Comments (20) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2010-06-14 14:36:37)
iwillkillall avatarthe attacks continue......how much money and effort is the riaa going to throw at this before they realise peeps can just head over to the latest p2p network and continue to download...my mate has hd's stuffed with content and can share with me over msn chat...now is microsoft going to get sued ???, for allowing content to be shared....i will wait and see with interest...for now the riaa is just targetting weak points...its a shame cause limewire was widely used...rip limewire

posted by (2010-06-14 15:46:28)
terrillcase30655 avatarlimewire is still up and running

posted by Blocked (2010-06-14 16:53:29)
Flaming_Phoenix avatarlimewire was never any good anyway...

posted by Blocked (2010-06-14 18:07:07)
2die4 avatarif they could they would ban the internet

posted by (2010-06-14 18:42:47)
moviefreak24 avatarFunny thing because just a couple of months ago I was telling another ET member about how no steps have been taking against Limewire, while they are basically doing the same thing Napster and Kazaa (legit now) where doing :S lol @ 2die4 yes they would. or restrict it's use to well them only lol but thats not gonna happen ;)

posted by (2010-06-14 19:01:40)
tkepe168 avatarhow about Frostwire is that next on the list?

posted by (2010-06-14 21:11:18)
SLIPPERY avatarI am wondering if they will ever get extra torrent?

posted by (2010-06-14 21:17:15)
Brynn217 avataryes, there will always be a next on the list, for us to go to and for them to attack... P2P code, created by the founder of Napster will never go away.... but in any case, did Limewire actually make a profit on their stuff? And does that mean anyone who does it on a Non-profit basis can get away with out having to take their site down?

posted by (2010-06-15 06:13:50)
moviewizman avatarlimewire was crap anyway and so are all those types of programs. bit torrent all the way

posted by (2010-06-15 08:07:42)
wylde avatar"limewire was crap anyway and so are all those types of programs. bit torrent all the way"

You do know there was a time before Bit Torrent existed and P2P was 1 of the only options for the average user? Whilst I've personally been over searching the main peer servers of P2P programs for many years, they do service a niche market of file sharers. There's stuff you'll find on peer hubs that'll never surface on torrents, ever. Although I don't need them, it's a definate shame to be losing them. That's 1 less for us and 1 more for them... We need to keep an eye on the score cuz, one day, if we're not careful, we'll be losing badly. :(

posted by (2010-06-15 19:05:20)
darkangelire avatarlimewire sucks anyway

posted by (2010-06-16 03:37:36)
mork_blasphemy avatarthe money riia spends on court would be much more well applyed on any charitable institution !!

posted by (2010-06-16 05:53:44)
DopeHAT avatarI'm kinda glad they shut down limewire. Full of Viruses and just sucks all together.

posted by (2010-06-16 14:33:01)
Kuppie avatari loved limewire so what are my other choices as per music stuff i only used it for music it was easy what else is out there?

posted by (2010-06-16 16:16:52)
wylde avatar@ Kuppie

Why don't you ask all these people who're saying closing Limewire was good (anyway)? As file sharers, it's a pretty stupid thing to say, in my opinion.

"Full of viruses and just sucks altogether?" What does that mean? I never got a virus from an MP3 or an AVI, and why does it "just suck altogether?" Those statements don't make any sense. Maybe if I d/led Spiderman.exe I might fluke a virus, or if I forced an EXE or another package to run, but P2P programs aren't full of virus', and they certainly don't just suck altogether...

posted by (2010-06-17 00:20:40)
capnmorgan5150 avatarI think wylde used to be Limewire's CEO. He seems pretty shook up about it, lol. P.S. LIMEWIRE SUCKS!

posted by (2010-06-17 05:52:33)
wylde avatarStill don't get it?? I don't care. I won't waste my breath anymore if you don't get it yet.

posted by (2010-06-17 10:44:05)
evilmother avatarkazza was a joke they let ppl put stuff on there and charge limewire did not frostwire is the same as lime wire bad thing is pp like disny are makeing internet coms cut off internet to ppl that down lode there movies it happend to me i got a alice in wounder land from here trackd it and cox cable stopd my service thats bs if a movie compny has a prob with come after me dont have my internet co do it

posted by (2010-06-17 12:21:59)
BettySwolloxUK avatarWylde wot they are tryin 2 say is Limewire wasn't that good. Alot of the MP3's & other files weren't wot they said they were. There were virus issues on there, quite alot but if u have anti-virus & anti-spyware etc installed they wud find them. U wud d/l music video file then discover it was porn lol. There are so many things 2 list, long connecting times sometimes is another or maybe that was just me lol. It was only really useful 4 single MP3's/songs anyway i found in past, songs u just cudnt find elsewhere very easily. Torrents give u the chance 2 d/l whole albums far more quickly & easily & in far better quality most of the time & at the same sound level, unlike Limewire. Id say Limewire was a useful back-up tool 4 hard 2 find files but Torrents are far better. Limewire i think was used alot by people who didnt wana pay iTunes or didn't know how 2 use Torrents or wot they were mostly, teenage girls etc lol. Kazaa i loved at time, but that all seems so dated now. They all had there place in d/l history but time moves on....... LONG LIVE TORRENTS :)

posted by (2010-06-17 15:46:14)
wylde avatarI don't need things explained to me. I know how it all works and I can see what's going on.

The good thing about P2P which people forget was that with a program like VLC you could check partial files to see if they were real or not so all this BS about fakes, porn, infections and whatever was far easier to detect than everybody is making it out to be..

This is the last time I'll post here, you all don't need me here to keep it going so don't expect a reply if you address me. Losing any file sharing program to the powers that be hurts us. You can say whatever you want about your favorite file gathering tools, but the fewer about, the fewer our options become, and this is what it's all about, not just Limewire. But, as I said before, if you still don't get it, I'm just wasting my breath...

Everyone is taking Bit Torrent for granted... Ahh bugger Limewire, we now have Bit Torrent. What if, heaven forbid, torrents got shut down tomorrow? If torrents did get shut down tomorrow, the guys in newsgroups would probably say the same thing some people here are saying about Limewire, "bit torrent sucks anyway, people don't seed, and files were duds.. I'm glad it's gone!"

There's a bigger picture than just Limewire happening here. So write off this program, write off that program and, soon enough, there won't be any left at all to write off. Have a nice day.

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