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Music-Sharing Service LimeWire Shuts Down

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After ten years of existence, peer-to-peer music sharing service LimeWire is joining Napster, Kazaa, and all the rest.

LimeWire will abide by a court-ordered injunction today and begin to disable the file-sharing and music-searching features of its P2P software. Years of legal battles and the prospects of paying astronomical fines finally did the service in.

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“This is an official notice that LimeWire is under a court-ordered injunction to stop distributing and supporting its file-sharing software. Downloading or sharing copyrighted content without authorization is illegal.”

TechCrunch reports that the company, LimeCompany, will soldier on. Transitioning to a music store or legal streaming music service, however, will be tough. It fought a good fight, and lasted longer than most other P2P services. Partly that was because there was usually a bigger P2P sharing service freaking out the music industry. Once the lawyers got rid of those, they finally got around to LimeWire. Still, it took them the better part of a decade to get LimeWire to comply with an injunction.

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I always thought those file sharing sites were only good at passing viruses — I never stopped buying CD’s.

What are your thoughts, do you file share?

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