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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    SLK8ne, 26 Oct 2010 @ 11:42pm


    This makes me sad...not for the RIAA or the music industry. I feel bad for the artists who are locked into an antiquated system and who often can't explore alternative revenue streams.

    I'm all for the artists getting paid (I'm a digital artist myself, money is nice) but, this is a massive exercise in futility. Anything that can be made digitally can be copied digitally. Face it. And anything that can be digitally copied, can be shared. These are facts of modern life. These folk (and some of the posters on here) need to stop pretending that it is even possible to eliminate piracy.

    Rather than be idiots and try to empty the ocean with a spoon the companies should find a way to exploit the pirates. (which would be a more fitting justice than all these silly lawsuits)

    Anyone in the artistic realms who know the business end of things will tell you that the key to sales of artistic product is "buzz." Piracy can be used to create buzz. embraced-the-pirates-of-4chan.shtml is a good example of how to use piracy to create buzz, which translated into significant increases in sales.

    The process is not hard to understand, it's just that some people are so locked into thinking in certain outmoded business models they condemn themselves to not only loosing revenues that could be generated by the piracy, but, also all the lawyers fees.

    These things are not hard to understand, unless you don't want to understand.

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