RIAA Wins: LimeWire Shut Down By Court Order
Yesterday a federal court judge ordered LimeWire, a P2P file sharing website, to shut down its service after it ruled that the site encouraged its users to infringe on transferring and sharing copyrighted material.
LimeWire's CEO George Searle wrote:
"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"
Members of The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) that included Arista, Capital, Interscope, Elektra, MoTown, Warner Music, Universal Music Group, and Sony were plaintiffs.
A look at the court documents revealed that LimeWire:
- Intentionally encouraged direct infringement by it's users
- Client software was used overwhelmingly for infringement
- Knew about substantial infringement being committed
- Marketed itself to Napster users who were known copyright infringers
- Actively assisted infringing users
Mentioned also was that 98.8% of all content downloaded was of illegal work,many of which was RIAA's content. The LimeWire P2P client software was downloaded over 50 million times in two years since the suit was brought up and an estimated 200 million copies in total.
LimeWire was asked to cease and desist it's content infringement and disable searching, downloading, uploading, file trading and/or file distribution functionality, and/or all functionality of its software.
A visit today to the website shows a legal notice that states:
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
About Kerry Kobashi
Kerry is the founder of KerryOnWorld. He lives in Silicon Valley.