LimeWire posts cease and desist for Pirate Edition

By on November 11, 2010, 10:42 AM
LimeWire, the file sharing service that was shutdown by a federal judge last month, has published a new warning on its website. In the notice, LimeWire says it is taking steps to comply with the October 26 court order that stopped the company from distributing its software. The company also makes a cease and desist claim for software using the LimeWire, and though it doesn't mention it explicitly, we all know it is referring to the recently launched LimeWire Pirate Edition (LPE).

"We have very recently become aware of unauthorized applications on the internet purporting to use the LimeWire name," the warning reads. "We demand that all persons using the LimeWire software, name, or trademark in order to upload or download copyrighted works in any manner cease and desist from doing so. We further remind you that the unauthorized uploading and downloading of copyrighted works is illegal."

LPE is the work of an anonymous team that decided to resurrect the Gnutella-based file-sharing client after its creators had to close their doors due to copyright law infringements. LPE is an improvement on the latest LimeWire 5.6 beta (released earlier this year, before LimeWire's demise): the Ask toolbar has been unbundled, dependencies on LimeWire LLC's servers have been removed, remote settings have been disabled, and all the features of LimeWire Pro have been switched on for free. All adware, spyware, and advertising has also been removed.

This cease and desist likely won't have any effect. LPE has already spread very quickly and is available pretty much anywhere you look. Even if the authors, who are making a point to stay anonymous, suddenly wanted to listen to the creators of the original LimeWire, they would have a very hard time trying to kill off LPE.

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gobbybobby said:

Oh yea becuase thats really going to stop people. just covers Limewire's ase as a company so they don't have further action taken against them. The Internet is free, software developers and artists should adapt to the changes.

lchu12 lchu12 said:

Uploading and Downloading Copyrighted material is illegal!?!?! I didn't know that! lolz

Puiu Puiu said:

I'm sure that limewire's pirated edition will stay on the internet no matter what they or others say.

Demons said:

I doubt it will have much effect on the community that is already using LPE. But they have to cover themselves legally... already in enough trouble as it is right.

Guest said:

people still use the gnutella network?

well, besides people who are into child pornography and fake files i guess....

---agissi--- ---agissi---, TechSpot Paladin, said:

LWPE is actually rather solid. It helps me get 'one off' tracks I've lost on CD and hear again on Pandora. Its quick and easy.. instead of buying a whole new album when I already paid for it years ago. (Lost all of my stuff when I moved out)

TwiztidSef said:

The irony... Its overwhelming. I service gets shutdown because of copyrighted materials being posted on it, now when their own copyrighted material gets jacked... so ironic.

Anyway is understandable that they want this LPE shut down. Whatever LPE does could still have influence over their legal proceedings and such.

Of coarse there is always the possibility that the limewire creators were the anonymous guys who released LPE as well.

Decimae said:

It's pretty funny that techspot keeps hosting it even after a cease and desist letter from Limewire:


Anyway, I do think Limewire is being a bit hypocritical, since they did the same thing with the same intent.

poertner_1274 poertner_1274, secroF laicepS topShceT, said:

Cease and Desist orders against anonymous users will get nowhere. How can you enforce something, in which you don't know who to go after once it doesn't stop?

KG363 KG363 said:

Limewire is so high and mighty now

Guest said:

Why to use Limeware?.... There are many others!

AnonymousSurfer AnonymousSurfer said:

We all know that there will NEVER be a day in the future that doesn't include a software for pirating... It's never going to happen.

sMILEY4ever said:

My guess is they're actually glad some1 else kept Limewire alive.

poertner_1274 poertner_1274, secroF laicepS topShceT, said:

Good Point, just putting on a front to keep the lawsuit to a minimum.

buttus said:

Just let it die. It's like those that seem to think Napster has any value left to it. Just, give it up and let it go already.

bugejakurt said:

People, I HATE Limewire its just only malware flowing through your PC. Just close it down!

Benny26 Benny26, TechSpot Paladin, said:

It really was the "thing" back in it's day limewire..but it aint it's day no more.

If i was behind this Pi-wire thing (see what i did there), i think i'de cease and desist just on the base that it's just too old now....most people just use torrents , or free mp3 music sites.

unrealmp3 unrealmp3 said:

They're just covering themselves, the C&D won't have any effect on the distribution.

Se7enVII said:

Decimae said:

It's pretty funny that techspot keeps hosting it even after a cease and desist letter from Limewire:


Anyway, I do think Limewire is being a bit hypocritical, since they did the same thing with the same intent.

Funny. Yeah it is a bit hypocritical but think they are just doing it to cover their asses. Who wouldn't do the same?

fritz123 said:

i just goes to show that no lawsuit can put piracy down. we now have pirated programs for downloading pirated material. i dont really know why they even bothered to keep it alive considering that limewire is getting less and less users since most people rely on torrents nowadays. oh well, the software would die off eventually when something better comes along

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