Limewire Becomes The Latest P2P Company To Try And Go Legit

from the been-down-this-road-before dept

P2P company Limewire, one of the lucky recipients of an RIAA lawsuit following the Supreme Court's Grokster decision, has announced that it's going legit and trying to shed its image as a treasure trove of unauthorized content by opening a DRM-free music store. While it's nice to see more companies become DRM-free music retailers, it's hard to see Limewire succeeding where so many other P2P operators have failed. As Om Malik notes, plenty of them have gone down this path, and none of them have really seen any success. Their user bases simply shrug and move on to the next network -- and there's no sign that things will be any different for Limewire.

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  1. identicon
    wnyght, Aug 15th, 2007 @ 4:41pm

    next P2P

    ok, so limewire is out, anyone know of the next P2P network that's worth getting on?

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    GoblinJuice, Aug 15th, 2007 @ 5:01pm


    By opening a music store (DRM-free or not), aren't they admitting that the principle use of their software was to obtain music?

    Couldn't opening the store itself be used by a lawyer as proof that the company knew the primary reason people used their software was to obtain music?

    Just a thought. Haven't followed any of the news about Limewire.

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  3. identicon
    SinneD, Aug 15th, 2007 @ 6:40pm

    @ GoblinJuice

    that's true... hmmm, have you ever thought of going into the law business? ;)

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  4. identicon
    Hyrulio, Aug 15th, 2007 @ 6:44pm

    The future

    BitTorrents are the way to go! Many clients and sites, and faster, and easier to find stuff!

    Not that I would know from personal experiance _> _>

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  5. identicon
    Mike, Aug 15th, 2007 @ 6:45pm

    Two Words

    Encrypted Torrents.

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  6. identicon
    Badda Bing, Aug 15th, 2007 @ 7:30pm

    p2p is gay. for music use for software use torrents. for tv shows use torrents. for movies use torrents. for specific software find sites that have rapidshare/megaupload/etc links for em.

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  7. identicon
    Minter, Aug 15th, 2007 @ 10:46pm

    5th time lucky

    The music industry never worried about the fact that from 8-track to cassette, via vinyl 33 & 45, onto CD etc. there are some albums we have purchased 3 or 4 times, just to stay up with the technology. Shouldn't we have a right to get the 5th one for free? BFGOF! (Buy Four, Got One Free)

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  8. identicon
    mike allen, Aug 16th, 2007 @ 12:55am

    tell em

    Dont know where lime wire are based but if outside USA tell em (RIAA) to stick it where the sun dont shine

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  9. identicon
    Sanguine Dream, Aug 16th, 2007 @ 6:48am

    Re: 5th time lucky

    That is funny isn't it?

    For decades people had no choice to constantly rebuy their music to keep up with technology and wear 'n' tear. The recording industry loved this fact. Why bother changing your business model when about 10-15 years the standard music format changes and people pretty much have to buy thier favorite music again to match the new standard or risk losing it forever? Well those days are long over with the coming of digital music. Not only is this new format easy to work with but you can even go back and convert your old vinyl, cassette, and cd collections to digital so you don't even have to rebuy your current collections that are in those formats. It's pretty safe to say that for next few decades the only thing that will change is the file type (.wav, .mp3, .ogg, etc...) and this has the recording industry wetting it's collective panties.

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  10. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Aug 16th, 2007 @ 11:22am

    Re: next P2P

    private BT sites and private DC++ hubs are a good choice.

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  11. identicon
    |333173|3|_||3, Aug 17th, 2007 @ 8:17pm


    Torrents are simply an improved version of the p2p theme.

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