Long a treasure trove for free illegal music, file-sharing website LimeWire was ordered to shut its doors Tuesday after receiving an injunction. The consent injunction, signed by Judge Kimba M. Wood of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, stems from an. U.S. district judge Kimba Wood in New York issued the permanent injunction Tuesday, ordering LimeWire to disable the “searching.

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Lime Wire posted a note on its site that says it all.

Injunction Pulls Plug On Lime Wire File-Sharing Service – Law

These users accounted for 58 percent of people who said they downloaded music from a peer-to-peer service ina survey by NPD Group showed. The consent injunction, signed by Judge Kimba M. As technology and broadband speeds have improved, LimeWire has also been used to illegally share movies and popular TV shows, attracting criticism from Hollywood as well.

She ordered Gorton and employees to establish “default settings in the legacy software that block the sharing of limewige media files” and offer users tools to remove the software from their hard drives. Gorton offered to license music from the top four record limewiire for Spoon, Lime Wire’s little-known legal music service.

Retrieved November 21, The labels totally rejected the idea. LimeWire Pirate Edition, which name was dropped for legal reasons. Show 25 25 50 All.

Lime Wire is also required to disable the file trading and distribution functionality for current and legacy users, to provide all users with a tool for uninstalling the Lime Wire software, to obtain permission from the plaintiffs before offering any new version of the software, and injuncyion encourage all legacy users to upgrade to the new version. That phase of the trial is scheduled to begin in January.

Earlier this year, LimeWire planned to limeeire a service called Spoon, which would allow users to legally purchase copyrighted tracks. Retrieved October 26, Retrieved April 15, Justice Department described as its first case against someone accused of using file sharing computer programs to commit identity theft.


Judge slaps Lime Wire with permanent injunction Sign in to comment Be respectful, keep it civil and stay on topic. Nearly every current and recent Top 40 hit on the Country, Rock and Latin Pop charts was freely available for downloading by users of Lime Wire’s software, including 30 popular recordings addressed specifically in the lawsuit brought by Arista Records LLC, Atlantic Recording Corp.

The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles. The Walt Disney Co. In a statement, Lime Wire expressed disappointment at the ruling.

Arista Records LLC v. Lime Wire LLC

Arista Records LLC v. The permanent injunction prohibits Lime Wire from copying, reproducing, downloading, or distributing a sound recording, as well as directly or indirectly enabling or assisting any user to use the Injknction Wire system to copy, reproduce or distribute any sound recording, or make available any of the copyrighted works. Retrieved 12 May FrostWire was started in September by members of the LimeWire open source communityafter LimeWire’s distributor considered adding “blocking” code, in response to RIAA pressure and the threat of legal action, in light of the U.

LimeWire was the second file sharing program after Frostwire to support firewall-to-firewall file transfers, a feature introduced in version 4.

Threatpost The first stop for security news. Supreme Court ruling against file-sharing service Grokster Ltd. CNET’s best of In response to the ruling, a company spokesperson said that the company is not shutting down, but will use its “best efforts” to cease distributing and supporting P2P software.

Subscribe to our newsletter, Threatpost Today! Lime Wire LLC et al. The signed ruling was made available by The Recording Industry Association of America, which represents music companies.

As detailed in our Privacy Policy we will use your personal information to administer your account and provide the products and services that you have requested from us. In addition, Wood required Gorton and crew to first get the permission of the music labels before building any new, legal version of LimeWire. However, Plaintiffs have alleged that there were more than million downloads of post works using the LimeWire system.


Retrieved April 17, Now music labels will seek damages from the company and founder Mark Gorton.

Court shuts down LimeWire music-sharing service | Reuters

The company said it hopes to negotiate agreements with the entire music industry ahead of a full launch. We use cookies on this site to enable your digital experience. According to music industry sources, Gorton and the RIAA were in settlement negotiations for a long time as the judge deliberated over whether to impose the injunction. Detailed information on the processing of personal data can be found in the privacy policy.

Views Read Edit View history. Password at least 6 liimewire required Confirm Password. The rise to prominence of peer-to-peer filesharing networks is singled out ibjunction a primary factor for this decline by the RIAA. In June, LimeWire was hit with a separate lawsuit by eight music injucntion for copyright infringement. Gorton and his company have acknowledged making millions from offering the software.

Limewire was the only way i could get music, and now its gone, so no more music for me, fuck apple and fuck the RIAA. Retrieved 30 November In LimeWire versions before 5.

New York, October 26, Click here for a copy of the full decision. Plaintiffs have never explained to the Court how they would even go about determining how many direct infringers there were per work. However Lime Wire disables their client, there are plenty of alternative file-sharing software and networks available.

The BBC has more on this story. LimeWire, the software, was released 10 years ago and quickly emerged as one of the favorite ways to pass pirated music across the Web.