stories about: "limewire"
by Mike Masnick
Tue, Sep 18th 2007 7:45am
A few months back, we were a bit surprised at the misplaced anger directed by some Congressional representatives towards file sharing software provider Limewire. There were some outrageous claims about how Limewire represented a threat to national security and how it was all Limewire's fault that stupid government employees had leaked sensitive information. Of course, this was misplaced because it wasn't Limewire's fault that gov't employees were too stupid to configure the software properly. It wasn't Limewire's fault that gov't employees didn't follow rules that forbid them from installing unapproved apps on their machines -- or on transferring sensitive material to personal computers. Instead, it was all blamed on Limewire. It also wasn't entirely clear what sensitive reports had been leaked... but now we know of at least one. Apparently a national security terrorist threat assessment for the city of Chicago was recently available via Limewire. Though, again, the questions shouldn't be about Limewire, but what gov't employee would (a) have Limewire and classified info on the same computer and (b) configure Limewire to allow that classified info to be shared.
Wed, Aug 15th 2007 4:01pm
from the been-down-this-road-before dept
P2P company Limewire, one of the lucky recipients of an RIAA lawsuit following the Supreme Court's Grokster decision, has announced that it's going legit and trying to shed its image as a treasure trove of unauthorized content by opening a DRM-free music store. While it's nice to see more companies become DRM-free music retailers, it's hard to see Limewire succeeding where so many other P2P operators have failed. As Om Malik notes, plenty of them have gone down this path, and none of them have really seen any success. Their user bases simply shrug and move on to the next network -- and there's no sign that things will be any different for Limewire.