LimeWire Shut Down Permanently

One of the most popular peer to peer file sharing service has been officially shut down today due to the federal court orders.

LimeWire is a free peer-to-peer file sharing (P2P) client for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, and other operating systems supported by the Java software platform. LimeWire uses the gnutella network as well as the BitTorrent protocol.

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) filed a case against Limewire for encouraging sharing of copyrighted content through its service. The four year old case came to an end today but this time, Limewire was on the losing side. The court ordered Limewire to shut down searching and sharing of copyrighted content.

The opponents claimed that over 93% of the software’s traffic was made up of infringing content. The RIAA also said LimeWire has cost the music industry hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue.

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They restricted LimeWire from allowing the searching and sharing of copyrighted material. But a LimeWire spokeswoman said the website will continue working with the music industry”.

Alas ! It is now a sad time for P2P lovers, This may be the future for other similiar services too.

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