LimeWire, the file sharing website that has been on hinges lately because of suspected copyright infringement, was ordered to shut down earlier today.
The injunction, ordered by Judge Kimba Wood, states that LimeWire “intentionally encouraged direct infringement” by its users, and that they failed to implement any “meaningful technological barriers or design choices aimed at diminishing infringement.”
The court went a step further today by saying that LimeWire’s business model depended mostly on mass infringement, and relied on its “massive user population generated by [LimeWire’s] infringement enabling features.”
The Plaintiffs were composed of a multitude of different music record companies including Warner Brothers, Motown Records, BMG music, and much more.
Lets face it, LimeWire was a disaster waiting to happen. They implemented features to notify their users that downloading unlicensed music was illegal, however, they didn’t do much enforcement beyond that. If people weren’t downloading illegally, chances are that LimeWire wouldn’t even exist.
It looks like the record labels are winning their fight against illegal consumption of their music, and so they should be. With that said though, there are still software programs out there that are allowing users to download music illegally. FrostWire is probably the more noticeable example. However, I suspect that the record labels will be knocking on their door very soon.