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.