Copyright

by Mike Masnick


Filed Under:
copyright, limewire

Companies:
limewire, riaa



Judge Orders Limewire To Shut Down; Limewire Pretends It Can Still Exist

from the yeah,-ok dept

This is hardly a surprise, given the earlier ruling, but the judge in the Limewire case has now ruled in favor of the RIAA that Limewire needs to shut down "the searching, downloading, uploading, file trading and/or file distribution functionality, and/or all functionality." Basically, all of the functionality. Amusingly, Limewire is pretending it can still function without any... er... functions:
An important point of clarification, LimeWire is not “shutting down”, in specific regarding our software, we are compelled to use our best efforts cease support and distribution of the file-sharing software, along with increased filtering. And, that is what we are doing.
Of course, we've seen similar file sharing apps make similar claims when the judge's hammer came down, and they all went away. Of course, it's not like this actually means anything, other than the fact that people who want to file share have already moved on to other apps and services (mostly overseas) that are even less likely and less willing to work with the recording industry, and which will be that much harder to shut down. One by one, the RIAA has killed off the few firms that actually had an interest in trying to work with the industry, so everyone has gone to the groups that want nothing to do with the RIAA in any format.

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    Anonymous Coward, 27 Oct 2010 @ 8:41am

    Random thought...... Just, well you know, for the baiting of it all.

    And Bear in mind here I'm not American, nor anywhere close to being a lawyer in any language....
    The RIAA seems from here to be an affiliation of major recording companies and largely seems to be among other things an agreement over how to pursue certain things, e.g. lawsuits, and could be construed to be a loose agreement on business practices.

    Assuming that is the case, isn't this kind of co-operation anti-competitive and isn't there legistlation for that? I was under the impression some legistation like that applied to broadcasters for example.

    (Sits back and waits for the "You just hate corporations because you want stuff for free" replies)

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