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LimeWire confirms shutting down for good

updated 05:00 pm EST, Fri December 3, 2010

LimeWire to shut down permanently

LimeWire on Friday explained that its cancellation of music store plans was a full shutdown of the company. The company planned to close its New York office at the start of 2011. It didn't mention any follow-up companies or projects in a statement to AllThingsD.

"Given our current situation, plans to bring our separate, legal music service to market have been canceled," it said. "The beginning of 2011 will mark the closing of LimeWire's New York office and cessation of business by LimeWire. We attracted some of the top talent from the technology community over the years to build our new music service. We'll be helping our team members commence their job search over the next few months."

The closure followed a lawsuit loss to RIAA labels. LimeWire tried to persuade the court that the app wasn't intended for piracy and that it had made reasonable efforts to watch content, but the judge in the case was unconvinced and noted that the majority of the content was pirated.

LimeWire's exit removes a potential legal alternative but doesn't stop the pirate network itself, which runs on the decentralized Gnutella network and already has the support of an unauthorized, hacked LimeWire client as well as numerous third-party tools.

by MacNN Staff



  1. facebook_Justin

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    Joined: Dec 2010


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    What a long history LimeWire has had, but piracy is wrong period. Stealing music or anything else with the use of P2P or torrent is bad. How would you like it if you made some piece of content and paid to have it copyrighted, then someone steals it and uploads it to a P2P network for others to steal. This is theft and it's wrong. Honestly, is there even a single legal use for P2P? I mean really?

  1. 010111

    Joined: Dec 1969



    "paid to have it copyrighted"

    looks like someone pretends to be smarter than they actually are. nothing more hilarious than a sanctimonious idiot. i'm curious who you think you need to pay. what are the fees like? is it like a yearly thing or something?

    "This is theft and it's wrong."

    no. it is copyright infringement. words have meaning.

    "Honestly, is there even a single legal use for P2P? I mean really?"

    honestly? you are pretty ignorant. again... words have meaning. you know that Skype is based on peer-to-peer networking don't you? do you honestly think that Skype is not a "legal use" of such a style of networking? i mean really?

  1. chas_m



    In defense of a "sanctimonious idiot"

    While Justin may not be phrasing things exactly, his overall point is valid.

    One *level* of copyrighting is free, but most people who have an investment in their work pay fees to have that copyright registered, whether its with the WGA or the Library of Congress. Copyrighting CAN be free, but only at the most basic level. And let's not even get into how much it costs to protect other sorts of works with patents, trademarks etc. It's expensive.

    I agree with you, 010111, that words have meaning, and that "copyright infringement" IS the more accurate choice of words. Having said that, piracy generally results in theft AS WELL, since the producer of the infringed work did not get properly compensated for its use. A person who uses a product they didn't pay for illegally is also cheating the owner of rightful income. You're stealing the income they deserve to have earned. That's theft (or fraud if you prefer).

    And yes, Justin was ignorant of the many legal possibilities of P2P type technology. But you appear to be ignorant of the fact that sentences start with capital letters -- so really this is a bit of the pot calling the kettle black, isn't it?

  1. Cronocide

    Joined: Dec 1969


    In the War of Pirates and Prosecutors...

    Some Pirate ships will fall, and here we see the fall of a Pirate Flagship. Pirates everywhere, SALUTE.

  1. thebiggfrogg

    Joined: Dec 1969


    When life gives you limes...

    make limeade dudes!
    Bye, bye Limewire. You were tasty and sour at the same time.
    Double zoinks!!!

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