LimeWire file-sharing service forced to shut down
Illegal music download haven loses court battle
A US federal court is set close down file-sharing service LimeWire in what will be viewed as a major victory for the music and film industry.
The P2P file-sharing client which allowed users to download music illegally on the internet, must now switch off "the searching, downloading, uploading, file trading and/or file distribution functionality, and/or all functionality"
Software downloads for LimeWire will stop immediately, while software already downloaded to computers will be disabled.
The courtroom battle with the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) has been ongoing since 2006. In the company's most recent court date in May this year, they were found guilty of mass copyright infringement, with the claim that 93% of content on LimeWire infringed copyright.
LimeWire's parent company Lime Group is expecting to leave the illegal music world behind them with a legal music download service which is due to launch in the next few weeks. Whether they will be able to rack up the reported 50 million unique users a month, we are not so sure.