by Mike Masnick

Filed Under:
copyright, limewire

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, 28 Oct 2010 @ 1:05am

    Re: Re: Re: Um... Mike...? Anyone?

    So where are the good arguments? Absence of evidence isn't evidence of absense, but at some point you have to wonder.

    Well that's the thing isn't it? You do. There must surely be arguments the other way. You may not believe them but they must be there mustn't they? All recording industry executives can't walk around all day thinking "It's all the pirates' fault, they're just a bunch of freeloading theives so f*ck them and we'll get them with the next law we get passed", do they? I mean whether they really failing or not they are big businesses, surely you can't get there being that blind can you?

    Take my favorite complaint - DRM. As far as I can see, all it does is discourage people who want to use what they bought in a reasonable manner but can't. There doesn't seem to me to have been a DRM method that stops anyone with 2 technical abilities to rub together, never mind anyone interested in the money possible in large-scale commercial piracy (similar rule as identity fraud - the more "value" in a piece of ID, which in ID case is determined by the perceived security of it, the more money will be applied to crack it).
    And yet they persist. Why? They must have a reason, even if it's only "One day DRM will work and everything will be alright again". I'd love to hear what it is and why, wouldn't you?

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