Long a treasure trove for free illegal music, file-sharing website LimeWire was ordered to shut its doors Tuesday after receiving an injunction. The consent injunction, signed by Judge Kimba M. Wood of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, stems from an. U.S. district judge Kimba Wood in New York issued the permanent injunction Tuesday, ordering LimeWire to disable the “searching.

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The Recording Industry Association of Americawhich handled the litigation on behalf of the record companies, took a less conciliatory tone, and said the injunction would start to unwind the “massive piracy machine” that Lime Wire and Chairman Mike Gorton had used to enrich themselves.

Injunction Pulls Plug On Lime Wire File-Sharing Service

FrostWire was started in September by members of the LimeWire open source communityafter LimeWire’s distributor considered adding “blocking” code, in response to RIAA pressure and the threat of legal action, in light of the U. The labels argued that Injnction Wire simply followed in the footsteps of fallen file-sharing pioneer Napster. That phase of the trial is scheduled to begin in January. Sign up now for free access to this content Enter your details below and select your area s of interest to stay ahead of the curve and receive Law’s daily newsletters.

The deal fell through, however, when record labels were told that the site would need at least a year to migrate illicit filesharers to the new service.

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Now Goes After Admin Credentials. Arista Records LLC v. In addition, Wood required Gorton and crew to first get the permission of the music labels before building any new, legal version of LimeWire. Subscribe to our newsletter, Threatpost Today! Lime Wire is also required to disable the file trading and distribution functionality for current and legacy users, to provide all users with a tool for uninstalling the Lime Wire software, to obtain permission from the plaintiffs before offering any new version of the software, and to encourage all legacy users to upgrade to the new version.


Internet Digital media Filesharing Media law news. They assert they have taken a beating from Lime Wire for too long. Plaintiffs have never explained to the Court how they would even go about determining how many direct infringers there were per work.

Nearly every current and recent Top 40 hit on the Country, Rock and Latin Pop charts was freely available for downloading by users of Lime Wire’s software, including 30 popular recordings addressed specifically in the lawsuit brought by Arista Records LLC, Atlantic Recording Corp.

She also wants Lime Wire to do its best to discourage the use of the LimeWire software already in the wild, what she called “legacy software. InfoSec Insider content is written by a trusted community of Threatpost cybersecurity subject matter experts.

Gorton offered to license music from the top four record companies for Spoon, Lime Wire’s little-known legal music service. We look forward to embracing necessary changes and working with the entire music industry in the future,” a Lime Wire spokesman said Tuesday. Newsletter Subscribe to our Threatpost Today newsletter Join thousands of people who receive the latest breaking cybersecurity news every day. Archived from the original on September 22, LimeWire does not authorize them.

Register now for your free, tailored, daily legal newsfeed service. There are currently around 11, songs on LimeWire that have been tagged as copyright-infringed, and the RIAA estimates that each one has been downloaded thousands of times, the penalties accruing to the above sum.

According to music industry sources, Gorton and the RIAA were in settlement limmewire for a long time as the judge deliberated over whether to impose the injunction. Check out Law’s new podcast, Pro Say, which offers a weekly recap of both the biggest stories and hidden gems from the world of law. CNET’s best of In May, Wood found LimeWire liable for widespread copyright infringement. Order by newest oldest recommendations. The Walt Disney Co.


The most recent stable version of LimeWire is injuncttion. Popular articles from this firm Daniels v. You must correct or enter the following before you can sign up: Lime Wire said the injunction lets it continue testing a service that allows users to buy music from independent labels.

At this point, the company’s chances of licensing music for Spoon appear to be small and its prospects dim. We use cookies on this site to enable your digital experience. Retrieved from ” https: On November inuunction,a secret group of developers called the “Secret Dev Team” sought to keep the application working by releasing the “LimeWire Pirate Edition”.

In LimeWire versions ijunction 5. According to federal prosecutors, Kopiloff used LimeWire to search other people’s computers for inadvertently shared financial information and then used it to obtain credit cards for an online shopping spree. LimeWire is not behind these efforts.

If you would like to learn how Lexology can drive your content marketing strategy forward, please email enquiries lexology. The plaintiffs argued that all four of the factors used to determine whether a court should order a permanent injunction weighed in their favor: The level of damages faced by the site’s New York-based parent company, Injumction Group, will be decided in January Enter your details below and select your area s of interest to stay ahead of the curve and receive Law’s daily newsletters.