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Limewire shuts down, another file-sharing site rises up to take its place


Welcome to Deja Vu 101.

July 2001:

Back in those dark days of the new millennium, the Internet's most popular file-trading network shut its doors after a lawsuit with the Recording Industry Association of America.

Fast forward to October 2010:

One of the biggest music file-trading companies online, LimeWire, has received a court injunction closing it down after a legal battle with the Recording Industry Association of America.

My, how times have changed.

In nine years, there has been no clear solution for the record companies to stop the illegal sharing of copyright music.

Already, users are flocking to other file-hosting sites, such as Rapid Share, MegaUpload and Frostwire.

The whole scene reminds me of that old arcade game where you have to hit the gopher's head as it pops out of the hole. You being the record companies and the gophers being the file-sharing sites.

By Melissa Bell  | October 27, 2010; 8:31 AM ET
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While file-trading/sharing is illegal, copyright laws are INSANELY out of date. It makes no sense that I've had to wait for an album to be released in the US and was released in the UK a month before. That's a surefire way to get people to download music illegally. We're a global society now and the copyright laws need to catch up.

Posted by: monocles | October 27, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Limewire? Didn't know the old mare was still around! The Whack-a-Mole analogy is correct, but the legal process means that the record companies move at the speed of an arthritic octogenarian on sedatives. Those who regularly download "shared" files online more or less migrated away from Limewire 4-5 years ago. It was older than old news. For a while, there was Morpheus and then Kazaa, then Bittorrent basically took over the bulk of that "business" because it was so decentralized. There's little they can do to Bittorrent itself, so they go after tracker sites like The Pirate Bay. Eventually Pirate Bay will fall, but before then something else will have sprung up in its place.

These media companies might as well give up their Whack-a-Mole game. A far better way to lessen piracy is to follow the iTunes model, offer your content in a "mainstream" easy-to-use legit channel for a low price. Make your profits in volume. Many music sharers gave up on it after iTunes became so popular, much of the sharing going on these days is of software and movies. If TV and movie studios can lessen the "barriers to entry" for legit, paying customers, the pirate networks will mostly be used for pron and software (which the software companies are never going to give up on overcharging for.)

Posted by: jax75420 | October 27, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

i loved Morpheus. Didn't like Bearshare too much, but I'm tired of being held hostage by this outdated copyright law. If I buy something, how come I can't share it with friends if I'm not profiting from it? It's stupid.

Posted by: fantasyjoker | October 27, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

One of the things that turned me off to LimeWire years ago was the malware that sometimes came with downloads. Of the sites mentioned here to find music online (Rapid Share, MegaUpload, Frostwire, Morpheus, Kazaa, Bittorrent, The Pirate Bay, Bearshare) anybody know which one(s) do the best job of keeping viruses and other bad stuff out?

Posted by: WorldCup | October 27, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Oh, also, I'm looking for a site where I can download whole albums, and not just a thousand copies of the same hit single. Any suggestions?

Posted by: WorldCup | October 27, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

I must be the biggest idiot on earth; I buy my music from Great selection, full albums, or just singles.

Does the music industry have a problem software makers who sell programs allowing you to digitize albums? Would they not prosecute someone if they found your computer to contain a bunch of illegal downloads on it, and you already own the album which contains the song in question?

Posted by: ANCLvr | October 27, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Who cares?
I'll just record music off the radio or download youtube videos and convert them to the format that I want.

Posted by: wolf808 | October 27, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Most people are missing the main danger of limewire--that child porn images attached as trojans have caused many young people in Canada to be charged with child porn crimes. In Canada a person can be charged with possession and, if their computer using peer to peer sharing is open, also with distribution. There is a minimum jail sentence in Canada of 14 days for possession and 9 months for distribution plus being placed on the sex offender registry for many years. People are forced to plead guilty for possession by being threatened with 9 months for distribution even if they did not send the material to anyone. The police can remotely access their computer and call it "making available." I know of a young person who had only 25 images on his computer in this position now facing this madetory law with no hope of escaping conviction. He will be punished the same as a person with thousands of images Limewire availibility and curiosity started the problem. Has anyone been in this position? I need any ideas for a court case this week (Nov 3 2010).

Posted by: jseatoncanada | October 31, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

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