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LimeWire to pull its P2P client after failed court battle

updated 05:20 pm EDT, Tue October 26, 2010

LimeWire pulling peer-to-peer app

LimeWire today agreed to stop offering its peer-to-peer file sharing client after an unsuccessful attempt to fight a lawsuit win by RIAA labels from last spring. The company said the move was "not our ideal path" but said it would both remove the option to download the client and improve the filtering where it can. It didn't say how or if it could stop users from running copies they already have.

The company stressed that it wasn't shutting down its own business and that it hopes to have an unnamed legal music service running within about a month. "We look forward to embracing necessary changes and collaborating with the entire music industry in the future," a LimeWire spokesperson said.

Pulling the app won't prevent the file trading at the heart of the lawsuit, which accused LimeWire of supporting piracy by allowing illegal trading even when it knew that was the main activity through the software. It was using the app-independent Gnutella network and can't stop activity from other clients. The change could nonetheless put a temporary curb on piracy until regular users find alternatives.

by MacNN Staff



  1. FireWire

    Joined: Dec 1969



    what about frostwire?

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969


    where can I d/l Limewire

    anybody got a torrent for it?

  1. iphonerulez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Frostwire is just as good, although this

    form of sharing seems a little outdated. Youtube with a .flv downloader is a great way to get rare music files and all the remixes you can take. Convert the .flv to aif and then to mp3. Youtube is a much more reliable and faster source. Then there's always the premium newsservers which will get you massive amounts of music of all types.

  1. Makosuke

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Given that Limewire was sort of the idiot box of P2P for the particularly lazy, and something of a piece of spyware, I'm not shedding any tears over it, although I consider any win for the RIAA a loss for humanity in general. (Not saying "I think all music should be free." I'm just saying I despise the greed-fueled RIAA for a number of reasons both related and unrelated.)

    Of course, if they can't prevent the use of existing copies, this means little even to users--after all, the program isn't exactly targeted at people who go through approved channels to download stuff. Pretty much just means it won't get updated anymore.

    Me, I dislike that form of P2P--I stick to BT when I'm trying to get something I can't find legitimately.

  1. Athens

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Prob just made things worse

    Napster was shutdown and the bit torrent protocol was developed to prevent such a thing again, and it made it 10x worse for the music and video industry, as such open source versions of limewire will now thrive which will be better and stronger to replace limewire. The industry will never learn that its there pathetic prices and war on consumers that are causing all there problems. I refuse to fork out 20 bucks for a CD, when I can find them for $10.00 I buy them but the selection is terrible in most stores now and the stuff I do want is out of the price point im willing to pay.

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