Judge Orders Shut Down of LimeWire: No More Free Downloads

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"This is an official notice that limewire is under a court-ordered injunction to stop distributing and supporting its file-sharing software. Downloading ot sharing copyrighted content without authorization is illegal." This is the message that pops up as of Wednesday if you try to download something on LimeWire, a software that allows users to share songs and other files over the net.

A New York judge ordered LimeWire to stop distributing its file-sharing software. Judge Wood claims LimeWire "intentionally encouraged direct [copyright] infringement" by users of its site. LimeWire is a privately-owned company, founded by Mark Gorton.

"While this is not our ideal path, we hope to work with the music industry in moving forward," LimeWire said in a prepared statement. "We look forward to embracing necessary changes and collaborating with the entire music industry in the future."

More than a dozen plaintiffs associated with the Recording Industry Association of America — including Sony, Virgin Records America, Arista Records and Warner Brothers Records — pursued the case against LimeWire, which began four years ago. 

Will this injunction stop illegal downloads all together? No chance. But, it is a step towards that goal.

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