Judge Orders LimeWire to Halt File Sharing
October 27, 2010
(ChattahBox Technology News) – Going up against the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) proved to be too much for LimeWire, the popular file sharing service. On Tuesday, a Manhattan judge told LimeWire to turn off the music after determining that the company had been violating copyright laws, the New York Times reports.Following the same fate of its predecessors Napster and Grokster, LimeWire can no longer offer its file-sharing capabilities, and the company’s Web site yesterday announced that “downloading or sharing copyrighted content without authorization is illegal.”
The RIAA’s quest to disable LimeWire is not yet complete – although the association got its wish in shutting down the company’s file-sharing service, it may also collect financial compensation early next year when a judge determines the amount of damages that LimeWire must pay.
In the meantime, LimeWire plans to adjust its model to offer a subscription service that allows legal music downloads, the Times reports.