Popular File Sharing Site – Ordered by US court to Shut Down

On 30.10.10, In Legal Industry, by Blake

10/29/2010

The music industry has once more triumphed when a U.S. Court judge ordered one popular famous file sharing site, LimeWire to shut down operations. The court found that LimeWire was used to infringe copyright and this was done on a huge scale. The company has been in a legal battle with various U.S. record labels for four years.

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has been in this legal dispute with Lime Wire, the company responsible for the LimeWire service.

It was in 2007 that the RIAA sued Lime Wire for infringing copyrights. It said that the service was used to facilitate trading of movies, music, and other materials. It was only now that a U.S. court issued a permanent injunction against LimeWire, ordering it to close and go offline indefinitely.

LimeWire is among the biggest peer-to-peer networks. In fact, it has around 50 million users every month. It was first launched in 2000 and quickly became one of the most popular file sharing sites on the Web. The court ruled that LimeWire was responsible for “massive scale infringement.”

The parent company, Lime Wire, continues its operations and it was only the LimeWire service that was closed.  In a statement given by Mark Gorton, the founder, they would be working with the music industry and would be going to “move forward” with them.