LimeWire Deemed Illegal, Shut Down

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First the Walkman, now this?

A Manhattan district court has ruled that LimeWire must immediately shut down its peer-to-peer file-sharing software, ruling that files cannot be uploaded, downloaded or traded without the permission of the copyright holder.

The case will resume in January, when the Recording Industry Association of America will attempt to gain compensation for the countless illegal music downloads. The minimum damages for music copyright infringement are $150,000 per infringement, and the RIAA may end up walking away with over $1 billion.

A message to users on the site reads,”This is an official notice that LimeWire is under a court-ordered injunction to stop distributing and supporting its file-sharing software. Downloading or sharing copyrighted content without authorization is illegal.”