LimeWire, the P2P music bay forced into shutting down!
A court order has stated that popular file-sharing website LimeWire has to be shut down. Previously other peer-to-peer file sharing websites like Napster, Grokster, Kazaa were also shut down under similar circumstances— or forced to get into legal ways — by the record industry. The New York-based company was found liable for copyright violations, back in May. They will go back to court in January for a trial that will determine thee exact amount of damages it will have to pay the record companies. The company owning LimeWire says it is trying to convert the site into a legal, paid music service, but Peter Kafka at AllThingsD stated that the record labels aren’t likely to engage in negotiations with them after the labels referred them as “a massive piracy machine.” Jon Healey at the Los Angeles Times points out that the music-subscription service that was brought in by Napster, now owned by Best Buy, has failed to lure a massive audience. LimeWire has a huge fan-base — the software had apparently been downloaded 200 million times till now.
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