In Big Win for RIAA, Court Enjoins LimeWire Filesharing Service

Lora Bentley

Earlier this week, a federal judge in New York entered an injunction ordering popular peer-to-peer filesharing site LimeWire to stop the searching, downloading, uploading, file trading and file distribution functionality of its software. The ruling comes after a finding in May that LimeWire and its CEO were liable for knowingly "inducing and enabling copyright infringement."


The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has been asking the court to shut down the site for quite some time, arguing that the filesharing allowed by LimeWire cost the music industry tens of millions of dollars.


According to Computerworld, Judge Kimba Wood entered the injunction after finding that LimeWire did not put meaningful barriers in place to prevent or discourage its users from illegally sharing copyrighted material.


The RIAA responded in a blog post Wednesday, noting that LimeWire should not be "proud" of its service. The association said:

Services that flout the law do not deserve a place in today's music marketplace where hundreds of existing, accessible, innovative legal sites offer users their favorite music at affordable prices-sometimes even free.

LimeWire maintains that the ruling does not mean it's shutting its doors completely. Only the filesharing service will stop. The company may go ahead with its own subscription music service, and the LimeWire store will continue. Of course, as Wood indicated in the injunction, LimeWire will face trial on the issue of damages.


If the amounts awarded exceed the company's ability to pay, it might be shutting its doors after all.

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Oct 29, 2010 3:31 AM sd sd  says:


Oct 29, 2010 5:11 AM Eric Eric  says:

The RIAA doesn't understand that even if they successfully shut down Limewire, people will still find ways to download music illegally.

Oct 29, 2010 6:26 AM HIGGS HIGGS  says:


Oct 29, 2010 6:58 AM kayla kayla  says:

its ridiculous!! the government always has to have their hands in things. we cant do anything that doesnt put money in their pockets!! ppl will def find some other way. for every one site they close, five more will open.

Oct 29, 2010 9:18 AM RT RT  says: in response to sd

What is the difference if we go to the library and get CD'S and copy them?

Are they going to file an injunction on the Library.

Oct 30, 2010 11:52 AM blueeiffel blueeiffel  says:

This is ridiculous! The stupid government! They don't worry about Global Warming or Immigration or Terrorist or Hackers or Crime YET they worry about something that has always been happening and is out of their control! It's something anyone with a computer does. They should worry about the things that harm the citizens of our country and not something digital that damages the rich artists.


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