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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    nasch (profile), 28 Oct 2010 @ 6:28am

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

    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?

    Based on their actions, I would guess a lot of them think something very much like that.

    I mean whether they really failing or not they are big businesses, surely you can't get there being that blind can you?

    You can get there by being completely unable to deal with change, because they haven't had to for many, many years, until about 15 years ago.

    Take my favorite complaint - DRM.

    Take my DRM. Please! ;-)

    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?

    The only almost sort-of semi-rational reason I've heard for DRM is that it discourages casual copyers. Those who have little technical knowledge and not much desire to copy, but who would if it were easily available. Even if this is true, which it might be, that crowd is going to shrink, and probably fast. It's only going to get easier and faster to find and download whatever you want. So if you can't figure out how to back up your shiny new Blu-ray, you can just download a copy. This approach to DRM ignores that future.

    It's also possible they're hoping DRM becomes more effective in the future (I think the opposite is more likely) and want people to be used to DRM in the meantime. Or that it's an emotional decision because they want to "protect" their "property" and it has nothing to do with rationality.

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