First, it was Napster. Then Aimster. Then Kazaa.
The RIAA’s crusade against piracy continued ad Limewire became the latest victim to be shut down by a judicial ruling. On Tuesday, users of the peer to peer software program were given a message stating,
“THIS IS AN OFFICIAL NOTICE THAT LIMEWIRE IS UNDER A COURT-ORDERED INJUNCTION TO STOP DISTRIBUTING AND SUPPORTING ITS FILE-SHARING SOFTWARE. DOWNLOADING OR SHARING COPYRIGHTED CONTENT WITHOUT AUTHORIZATION IS ILLEGAL.”
In 2007, Limewire was accused of copyright infringement by the Recording Industry Association of America. On Tuesday, a federal court judge hit Lime Wire with a permanent injunction that required the company to shut down its file-sharing network. While Lime Wire is out of the file-sharing business, the company continues to operate and is considering its options.
The shut down will simply move pirates to other similar peer-to-peer site. It will not solve the problem that the RIAA needs to do, simply accept change. It’s only a matter of time before the music industry simply collapses and goes the way of the dinosaur.