LimeWire shuts down P2P service, looks to future

By Mike Fischer on October 27, 2010, 8:00 AM
After being found liable for copyright infringement last May, LimeWire has finally been ordered to take down the key features of its service. Citing the program as committing and facilitating copyright infringement, the popular file-sharing client will be required to "disable the searching, downloading, uploading, file trading and/or file distribution functionality, and/or all functionality" of its software. For the RIAA this injunction ends a legal battle dating back to 2006, and closes the book on one of the most accessible and heavily used P2P programs of the last decade.

Looking to the future, LimeWire hopes to follow other reformed P2P sites like Napster into the realm of legitimate music sales. But the road ahead will be a bumpy one - a January damages trial is planned to set a monetary value to the "billions" of infringements the RIAA seeks compensation for. Judge Kimba Wood stated the plaintiffs have suffered "irreparable harm from LimeWire's inducement of widespread infringement of their works," although she acknowledged any damages awarded would be "well beyond" LimeWire's ability to pay. But as P2P file-sharers simply migrate to new platforms when needed, this ruling boils down to the destruction of LimeWire as a company, and not the real root causes of Internet piracy.




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Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

That last nit about it Boiling down to destroying LimeWire as a Company is totally true. I've only ever used LimeWire once or twice round a friends house and he always had virus's etc... while it was installed so i've always stayed well clear and if anyone I know really wanted a P2P downloader i'd recommend Vuze.

Anyway, I guess this will make someone out there cry, I know people who only get music off LimeWire.

Regenweald said:

.....And Frostwire surged in popularity they can't stop it, Radiohead got it, why can't they ?

IamBD said:

I tried them once, but over all not really a P2P user like I used to be back in the day. If I couldnt find a song through a digital service or the CD though ebay, then I would consider P2P, but nowadays I dont bother with that stuff. Too buggy.

Yoda8232 said:

Hell it's about time, there are so many viruses on there it's not even funny...

Serag said:

Great news!! Now I can be relieved of cleaning friends and family PC's of malware downloaded using LimeWire.

Zoner1501 Zoner1501 said:

Limewire was only good for downloading viruses anyway

mattfrompa mattfrompa said:

Agreed, Limewire is garbage. Good Riddance.

lawfer, TechSpot Paladin, said:

There's still Frostwire, and not to mention the other dozen ways you can illegally download music. Sorry RIAA, you lose.

Nothing has really happened here folks, move along.

Fragrant Coit Fragrant Coit said:

It ended up being dreadful.

Any search returned "Upskirt" or some such.

I wonder how many infections it caused? Though noone with an ounce of savvy is going to think a song is an 87Kb .exe file.

Maybe if it's a paid service (though Limewire Pro used to cost), they might weed out all the bogus crap.

jizzyburnizzy said:

I'm honestly it survived this long, and surprised that people still use this crappy application

starfreezer said:

So, this story and all the comments so far are implying that software piracy will live on and it will drastically cut down the cases of infected computers.... interesting!

natefalk natefalk said:

RIAA is fighting a losing battle and I'm sure everyone agrees. I stopped using Limewire for many reasons, but mainly b/c I can find the same content posted to various forums around the net (rapidshare, hotfile, megashare, ect.).

So unless the RIAA starts moderating thousands of forums or kills all file sharing services, people will still download music for free.

frodough said:

another one bites the dust, BUT more and more will rise up. it's and will forever be a cat and mouse game and RIAA, MIAA, etc etc will find themselves spending endless amount of money going after and endless number of P2Pers like Lime Wire. what a waste of money.

dustin_ds3000 dustin_ds3000, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

I think i stopped using Limewire back in 2006, i made the switch to uTorrent.

JMMD JMMD, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

I'm amazed it will around as long as it was. I've seen it installed on people's machines but I've never actually used it. Last time I used anything like it was when Napster was first introduced.

ryan29121 said:

Everyone seems like they use limewire. I work at a computer repair shop and every computer that comes in the door seems like it has limewire installed on it. What are these people going to do to download their music illegally now? Torrents?

crzydave said:

Maybe they will move to sealand hahah. Never used limewire myself. Sounded to sketchy

stensland said:

I just don't get it, fighting internet piracy in such a manner is about as effective as the war on drugs. No matter what you do there are still going to be drug dealers, and there is still going to be piracy over the internet. If you destroy one source of the "supply" (both in reference to dealers and P2P) then the people just move on to another one. If you make it more affordable for people to purchase media then you eliminate the need to download illegally. Itunes shouldn't be charging 1$ per song seeing as hosting it costs slim to nothing, and the music artists who are doing so "poorly" now are still as rich as ever.

You can't really make downloading legal like you could with things like marijuana where you can physically control the substance, but you can make the media out there more widely available at lower costs. The simple fact is if you're doing drugs, P2P sharing, or kidnapping baby harp seals for their fat to make your weird northern soup "delicacies" you are going to keep doing it, and if you don't someone else will.

p.s. check my blog for an AMAZING baby harp seal soup recipe!

mccartercar said:

All of these P2P apps are/were bad. Limewire probably being the worst but only because it was the most well known. Many have already been shut down such as Grokster and some are still running like bearshare....if it still is?

Its amazing still, to think of all the money and time being thrown at taking down this one shitty service when there are still numerous, and much more convenient I might add, services to search indexed digital wares on the intertubes.

Bittorent protocol Networks...UDP and TCP

Usenet....Xennews FTW...with the exception of usenext...BLAH

FTP

Http File sharing services- megaupload or the trillion other flavors

My point is that it seems futile to run around in the jungle with a flyswatter.

Filesharing- Adapt or be consumed.

/rant

kevin1212 said:

I forgot these apps existed when i dicovered torrents. Don't think anyone will miss this.

Tekkaraiden Tekkaraiden said:

I didn't know they still existed.

Neojt said:

torrent is musch better anyways lot less virus compared to lime wire

Skyphox said:

No bad thing, 99% of the stuff is spyware or a virus

windmill007 said:

One word Frostwire. Almost everyone in the know has made the switch. And I'm sure there will be many more backup applications in the works. Seriously..>What else would kids use. People say it's garbage but u look on any PC with kids and they all use it because it's easy. There is no alternative out there that works as well or well known that I know of.

nismo91 said:

i quit using LimeWire long time ago, probably 3 years back. Torrents are 'cleaner', and have many FLACs files. Simple google or 4shared search also usually gets me things that I want, also faster.

Basher said:

I haven't used this terrible program for many, many years. The only thing I had ever found Limewire to be good for was music. I turned to Yahoo Music a long time ago, and eventually had them swap me over to Rhapsody. I pay $6 a month for their highest plan and can't complain a bit.

ViNCiLiCiouS said:

I used to use Limewire back in middle school/early high school (about 4-5 years ago). In its defense, I actually liked it for a while. It was convenient, had good selection. Everyone talked about viruses, but I never seemed to have got one.

Of course I have since moved to torrents, mainly because of the far greater quality control. But I remember torrents being rather slow in the past, it is usually not the case anymore.

Wendig0 Wendig0, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Limewire was like the best little whorehouse in Texas (The Chicken Ranch), only they weren't that great, it wasn't nearly as fun, you would get a bad case of gonorrhea every time you went, and they weren't in Texas.

Come to think of it, going to Limewire to download p2p was more like going down to the corner of 110th st. and Central Park West, rather than The Chicken Ranch, and instead of gonorrhea you get AIDS. /memories

edison5do said:

windmill007 said:

One word Frostwire. Almost everyone in the know has made the switch. And I'm sure there will be many more backup applications in the works. Seriously..>What else would kids use. People say it's garbage but u look on any PC with kids and they all use it because it's easy. There is no alternative out there that works as well or well known that I know of.

Ares Galaxy is another option, but its not so popular, and considerably less malware on there.

HaMsTeYr HaMsTeYr said:

Limewire... P2P softwares like that seems like yesterday's technology... or at least the way people pirate. On the other hand, there's still IRC and Torrents.

I remember using Limewire when I was in highschool, and you'd be damned if you found something with decent quality in it... That and trying to get a whole album was a pain in the ass. >_> (yes i know its considered pirating... now... )

Still, Loss of limewire doesn't seem anything important to say the least. They can disappear and never come back, and that is probably whats going to happen, die off like Kazaa :X

ColdFusion1990 ColdFusion1990 said:

I also got rid of LimeWire a while back, happy torrent user

jetkami said:

Maybe the internet will get faster now without all those machines downloading virus fill crap now. Huraah Huraah!

pyari said:

the bad thing of P2P tools is that u don't know what u r downloading......seeder may fool you all the way......

sMILEY4ever said:

I never liked LimeWire so I don't really care they got shutdown. I care about RIAA sueing individuals.

j05hh j05hh said:

I remember back on the day when I used Napster then switched to limewire then to frostwire, now its nothing but torrents, good ridins limewire. I'm sure more will follow suit, just a matter of time.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

LimeWire shuts down P2P service, looks to future
And what future would that be? Limewire's operators making license plates?

zogo said:

Yeah, it's about time. Limewire is full of viruses. Practically you are searching through viruses, not through music. There are far better alternatives, like torrents. So why even bother with limewire anymore. I think nobody is going to miss it

Cryptopsy said:

Limewire really last longer than its competitor and it is still good that it get closed. There was so many virus and malware shared on with this software - but I guess its not because of Limewire but because of P2P.

We most remember, P2P is a legal activity, but shared files may be licensed to NOT share them. It's like buying guns - you can buy guns but you can't kill people with it. Thats how I see P2P and illegal shared files.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Limewire really last longer than its competitor and it is still good that it get closed. There was so many virus and malware shared on with this software - but I guess its not because of Limewire but because of P2P.

We most remember, P2P is a legal activity, but shared files may be licensed to NOT share them. It's like buying guns - you can buy guns but you can't kill people with it. Thats how I see P2P and illegal shared files.

Indeed....! "Guns don't kill copyrights, people do".....!

ChrisG683 said:

Sometimes I wonder why they continued to produce Limewire, noone likes it, and it's filled with junk. What was their motivation?

RebelFlag said:

stensland said:

I just don't get it, fighting internet piracy in such a manner is about as effective as the war on drugs.

You can't really make downloading legal like you could with things like marijuana where you can physically control the substance, but you can make the media out there more widely available at lower costs.

I agree with the comparison between the war on drugs and internet piracy, but not with the example used. One of the issues the people who are trying to legalize marijuana are running into is that it is very difficult to control the product. It can be grown almost anywhere. The reason alcohol is legal is because the government can control the production and tax the product, which would be very difficult to do with marijuana because of the ease with which it can be grown.

The key to cutting down on internet piracy is to give people a quality product at a reasonable price, and without all of the DRM restrictions. If you offer a piece of software at a reasonable price, and allow it to be easily backed up, or re-downloaded it in the event of a hardware failure, or upgrading to a new PC, more people will buy it. There are always going to be people who will illegally download software, but it is less likely if people feel they are getting a fair value.

oasis789 said:

back in the day it was napster, then kazaa, now limewire... who's next? emule?

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

This is nonsense, plain and simple;

The key to cutting down on internet piracy is to give people a quality product at a reasonable price, and without all of the DRM restrictions. If you offer a piece of software at a reasonable price, and allow it to be easily backed up, or re-downloaded it in the event of a hardware failure, or upgrading to a new PC, more people will buy it. There are always going to be people who will illegally download software, but it is less likely if people feel they are getting a fair value.
Once upon a time, almost all software was installed with a serial number only, which the companies supplied with the packing.

Furthermore, once upon a time, this installation discs contained NO DRM!

Then people copied it at will, and installed in as many computers as they saw fit, and after wards gave copies to all their friends.

So then, it seems we've brought the DRM on ourselves.

So now, why don't you rethink this idealistic b**s***, or at least realize you're reinventing what was several years ago! It's certainly not a new idea.

And incidentally, people never ever think that a product is worth the price being asked for it!

TorturedChaos, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

LimeWire was nice if you wanted just one song from an album, instead of torrenting the whole CD. I used to use it a lot several years back, and yes there were a lot of files full of viruses, but it didn't take a genius to pick the legit files from the fake virus ones (music file ending in .exe...come on).

But I'm really not all the sad about seeing it go, from what I hear it kept getting worse and worse for viruses. As several others have stated hopefully this will cut down on the calls from friends and relatives who infected their computer with something via LimeWire :P.

ElDaFree said:

I think it has almost been over a decade since I used Limewire ^_^ Switch to Bittorrent was an easy one.

Mike Mike said:

In reporting on this story I repeatedly took out the term "virus-ridden." You guys make me wish I had left it in, but I was trying to cover the story, not the experience of using LimeWire.

Like many of you, LimeWire for me was a stepping stone that I was happy to leave behind. But I know many a user (many of them with little computer experience) who made their first downloads with LimeWire, which to me does mark this as a bit of an occasion. Not that it's anything I'd ever go back to.

Timonius Timonius said:

It's about time. Almost every computer I've dealt with that had viruses had limewire installed and the users used it a lot. Coincidence? I tell them they need to ditch Limewire for something more 'modern' and make sure everything they download from Limewire is scanned.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

As I've never used Lime wire, forgive this possibly stupid question, "other than P2P, exactly what "services" did Limewire have"? Oh wait, there was the free malware. Are they going to keep that portion of the service up and running?

I'm still looking forward to license plates made by their execs......

klepto12 klepto12, TechSpot Paladin, said:

OH the many times ive had to clean computers because of limewire i say good riddance and goodbye im not saying all p2p is bad just seems like an abnormal amount of viruses and spyware come from limewire.

gnarph said:

lawfer said:

There's still Frostwire, and not to mention the other dozen ways you can illegally download music. Sorry RIAA, you lose.

Nothing has really happened here folks, move along.

Agreed. While I suppose the RIAA means well, they're just pushing pirates to other areas. It's almost a wasted effort.

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