Just when it looked like it couldn't get any worse for LimeWire, it gets worse. Plans to legitimize the P2P (peer-to-peer) filesharing software are going up in flames, alongside the LimeWire Store.
"Given our current situation, plans to bring our separate, legal music service to market have been canceled. The beginning of 2011 will mark the closing of LimeWire's New York office and cessation of business by LimeWire," reads a post in Digital Music News. That means the LimeWire store will close as of December 31st.
LimeWire was originall 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 operates LimeWire.
The LimeWire shut down happened after the court case 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.
The lawsuit was filed by 13 record labels: Warner Bros, Arista, Capitol Records and more claimed that LimeWire users were able to exchange copies of more than 3,000 of their copyrighted recordings.
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.