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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    Adrian Lopez, 26 Oct 2010 @ 8:01pm

    Governments around the world are tightening the noose on Internet users in what appears like a coordinated effort against potential copyright infringement. ACTA is an obvious case of such a coordinated effort, but it seems to go much further than that as a number of countries bend over backwards to cater to the likes of RIAA and the MPAA: Denmark and its secret three-strikes negotiations, France and its three-strikes law (HADOPI), South Korea and its one-strike policy, COICA in the US Senate, and plenty of lousy decisions by US and other judges.

    It seems to me there's a conspiracy afoot, with wealthy corporations as the main conspirators. The draconian policies currently being instituted would not survive the scrutiny of governments that actually cared about their citizens' rights. As a citizen I feel as if whatever rights I enjoy are offered only at the mercy of the government. It would appear that governments have decided to place corporate interests above those of the people, and there's very little the people can do about it.

    There are those who take pride in democracy, but it's clear to me that even in a democracy the public is largely at the mercy of those with the power to influence our leaders and manipulate our institutions. We are many, but we have no power.

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