New York, NY – Found liable by a federal judge for copyright infringement on a “massive scale” six months ago, it’s now the end of the line for the popular file-sharing website LimeWire as they were ordered yesterday to permanently shut down.
And that’s how it goes. With a permanent injunction, U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood in Manhattan has order the service to shut down its operations (disabling the searching, downloading, uploading or file trading of its software and blocking the sharing of unauthorized music files).
The case has been around since 2006 when the Recording Industry Association of America filed the lawsuit on behalf of the major record labels. Back in May, the judge found LimeWire’s founder Mark Gorton personally liable for infringing on copyright laws and inducing users to do the same.
Judge Kimba Wood wrote that “Plaintiffs have suffered—and will continue to suffer—irreparable harm from LimeWire’s inducement of widespread infringement of their wires”. A trial will be held in January to determine damages.
“For the better part of the last decade, LimeWire and Gorton have violated the law,” the RIAA said. “The court has now signed an injunction that will start to unwind the massive piracy machine that LimeWire and Gorton used to enrich themselves immensely.”
LimeWire has finally posted that dreaded message they never wanted to put up: “Downloading or sharing copyrighted content without authorization is illegal”.
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