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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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 27 Oct 2010 @ 10:24am

    Re: Re: Re: Sorry Mike

    "Word has it that there are a TON of nice days ahead in the next few months."

    I love how optimistic you are. It is not going to last. You will get COICA, you will get ACTA, you will get 3 strike in most a ton of countries. The problem with all these new laws is multi fold. First the timing, your business (Labels, studios, etc) will have failed before they can be implemented. Second even if implemented new technologies and software will come about because of these laws that will make them useless. Third the backlash from kicking peolpe off the internet, and criminalizing infringement will cause IP law to brought to the forefront. The last thing you want is a spot light shined on IP.

    You are running down a path that reduces liberties at a time in US history where people are pushing back against government intrusion and regulation. When in order to save less than 1/2% of the worlds economy you are willing to violate the first, fourth, and fourteenth amendments.

    Since you do not learn from history you will repeat it. Here is what will occur. You will alienate fans. Loose artists to the "Free" movement because they will not want to be associated with you. The 14-25 year old range, will become the 14-45 year old range with them buying no music.

    Yes, "There are a TON of nice days ahead in the next few months" the problem is they are not nice days for you. You will have your perceived victories, you will celebrate, you will party, then a short while later when the trends haven't changed and have accelerated, you will realize that it was a very shallow victory indeed.

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