Just one day after the news broke that there was a new LimeWire Pirate Edition floating around the Internet for download, comes the news that the original LimeWire is demanding the takedown of LimeWire Pirate Edition.
Why? Because of they say that LimeWire is their trademark and intellectual property. That's kind of ironic since they made money off of copyright infringement. Here's the message from the LimeWire web site:
"LIMEWIRE IS UNDER A COURT ORDER DATED OCTOBER 26, 2010 TO STOP DISTRIBUTING THE LIMEWIRE SOFTWARE. A COPY OF THE INJUNCTION CAN BE FOUND HERE. LIMEWIRE LLC, ITS DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS, ARE TAKING ALL STEPS TO COMPLY WITH THE INJUNCTION. WE HAVE VERY RECENTLY BECOME AWARE OF APPLICATIONS ON THE INTERNET PURPORTING TO USE THE LIMEWIRE NAME, SUCH AS THE LIMEWIRE PIRATE EDITION. WE DEMAND THAT ALL PERSONS USING THE LIMEWIRE SOFTWARE, NAME, OR TRADEMARK IN ORDER TO UPLOAD OR DOWNLOAD COPYRIGHTED WORKS IN ANY MANNER CEASE AND DESIST FROM DOING SO. WE FURTHER REMIND YOU THAT THE UNAUTHORIZED UPLOADING AND DOWNLOADING OF COPYRIGHTED WORKS IS ILLEGAL."
\Yesterday, LimeWire had comeback online, this time resurrected by an unknown group. They were calling it LimeWire Pirate Edition. In a post at TorrentFreak under the headline "LimeWire Resurrected By Secret Dev Team," enigmax suggested that LimeWire was back online, but improvements had been made.
“All dependencies on LimeWire LLC’s servers have been removed, all remote settings have been disabled, the Ask toolbar has been unbundled, and all features of LimeWire PRO have been activated for free,” an unnamed source told TorrentFreak.
“LimeWire Pirate Edition should work better than the last functioning version of LimeWire (5.5.10), and it should keep working for longer. There’s no adware or spyware: the piratical monkeys are doing this for the benefit of the community.”
This meant that the Gnutella-based network had officially gone rogue and disconnected from the MotherShip, and was virtually unstoppable since the LimeWire network is now formed ad-hoc by anyone using the LimeWire software.
P2P (peer-to-peer) filesharing site LimeWire had been shut down due to an injunction from a U.S. district court in New York, ending a long battle between the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and Lime Group, who owns and operated LimeWire.
The LimeWire shut down comes as a result of the court case that ended in May of this year, in which U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood ruled that LimeWire and Mark Gorton had committed copyright infringement, engaged in unfair competition and induced users to commit copyright infringement with the software.
LimeWire enabled its users to search for music and other content via the Bittorrent and Gnutella networks. By some counts, LimeWire had as many as 50 million users. This represents another blow for so-called "freeloaders," as users who seek out free downloads on the Internet are sometimes called. The shut down of both Pirate Bay and OiNK essentially offered the same blow.