LimeWire Loses Battle With RIAA, Shuts Down

If you use the LimeWire client for file sharing, you may have seen this big ol’ in-client legal notice that the company is no longer allowed to support the software because of a court order. This is real, so yep, bye bye LimeWire, it was nice knowing you.

As much as some people hate the RIAA, they are slowly but surely winning the battle in their mission to stop illegal file sharing.

Most people remember the first time RIAA got something stuck in their craw is when they sued Napster in very-late 1999. This lasted up until 2001 when in July Napster finally complied and shut down. Napster today is something entirely different after having been acquired by Roxio (yes, that Roxio) that promotes their own music service under the Napster name.

There is speculation that because of the LimeWire shutdown that P2P-style file sharing has now changed forever.. Has it? Maybe.

This is my take on P2P:

I’ve always hated it. Why? Because too often it’s annoyingly slow. Besides which, why would you bother using it when there are far faster ways of getting stuff? If I were the RIAA, I wouldn’t bother paying attention to P2P but rather free cloud-based storage. How many people do you think are trading files that way over P2P now? 🙂

What do you think?


  1. LimeWire needed to be shut down. I have no problem with the P2P crap, personally.. but to man idiots used the program which meant it was a huge source of malicious software for those who don’t know how to protect themselves (most people). It will definitely make my job easier as a tech 🙂

  2. I’d say, “Good Riddance!” Limewire was a pain in my ass. Not because I used it, because almost everybody who wanted me to fix their computer had Limewire installed. I informed them about Limewire and how potentially dangerous it is to share or download files (mainly music files) onto their computer. I showed them how Limewire is the culprit causing most of their computer issues. The user think they’re downloading a harmless music file when in reality could be downloading a potentially malicious virus without knowing it. I ask the user why would you want to put your precious private information, photos, music files, documents, etc. at such risk for the sake of downloading free music; not to mention the price tag of their computer. People still choose to ignore my warnings and continue to use Limewire succumbing to the mercy of downloading free music and videos.

  3. Davidsmith4 says:

    so limewire shut down, it’s there many other program’s that connect to the same network? frostwire is one.

  4. Limewire has always been crap. And direct P2P is worthless compared to torrent technology.

    I heard that Wikimedia is even considering using torrent tech to support future video transfers. Way to go Wiki!

    Now if only other big-operation file hosts (such as FileFront or even things like Steam) would support this the entire internet would benefit.

  5. I feel your pain. I cannot count the number of times people were completely oblivious of my warnings to stay away from Limewire.

  6. In my encounters with Limewire, it generally held as synonymous with “please, infect my computer”.
    In some ways, it paved the way for some of the better-designed malware to come into existence through almost guaranteed propagation.

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