LimeWire has gone down after a well and long fought case. It still exists in forged forms, and there are many alternatives to LimeWire as well. The RIAA’s repeated efforts to shut all of these have failed miserably with their efforts costing them more than the returns they managed to earn in the process.
In a follow up of the court ruling, Alki David has accused CNET and its parent CBS for facilitating downloads of the P2P software LimeWire on their download portals. The specific claim is that CNET’s Download.com was the largest provider of LimeWire downloads and should be charged for this.
LimeWire has lost most of its operations after the court ruling and from this recent event, it seems like everyone wants to have a piece of profit from this ruling. It is not a secret anymore that P2P software is indeed used for illegal file sharing but there has to be a clear line on how far this suing business can extend in the matter. Alki David puts an argument saying,
Would gun sellers enjoy “Freedom of Press” protections if they offered catalogs demonstrating the ease of use of the Handguns being Sold for engaging in criminal activities such as robbing stores or banks. Then offering Solutions to specifically cover up your crime.
Now, this is a stupid and totally unrelated analogy. I can come up with anything to counter that. How does this sound?
Would manufacturers of PC and MP3 players be dragged to court next, because eventually, people are going to watch and listen to those pirated music copies on these devices!
The RIAA and other recording labels are not doing any good to artists and software like these punch them in the guts. Bullying LimeWire was relatively easier than bullying CBS will be. It will be interesting to see the future turn of events in this case.
Truly decentralized BitTorrent has finally been realized and is available with the release of the Tribler client. It is the first client of its kind that has reached the highest possible level of decentralization. With Tribler, files, tracker and anything regarding torrents are no longer on a single server but distributed over multiple users.
Earlier, torrents depended heavily on websites that hosted links to .torrent files or aggregated them. These websites were popular but they were all based on the server-client model. Essentially, the decentralized and peer-to-peer nature of the BitTorrent protocol was still dependent on the server-client model of the parent website.
The Tribler client is here to change this and has been released for all three popular platforms- Mac, Windows and Linux. The client has a search that is peer-to-peer in nature too. In short, Tribler is decentralized in the true essence of decentralization. You can see more on the Tribler client at Torrentfreak.
Now, coming to the RIAA bullies, this torrent client means more trouble, but at the same time more money to them. The RIAA will still try to take down the company and its backers will pour in more funds without a clue. The decentralized client will eliminate a single point of failure and will take illegal file sharing to a completely new troublesome level for them.
Peer to Peer (P2P) file sharing is not all illegal and there are several legitimate uses of it. P2P or Torrent clients allow several users and big companies alike to allow users to download legitimate software without straining their servers and relying on technologies which are even used by companies such as Facebook for deploying software.
If you are here to look for LimeWire alternatives, let me point you out to an earlier post where we talked about the best P2P and Torrent software available for free. If you are looking for more LimeWire Alternatives, you can visit the alternative.to site where you will find several more options for LimeWire alternatives.
Do remember that sharing files which you are not authorized to is illegal in several countries, please know your local law before you share music/videos or software using P2P or torrents.
Also See: ZapShares Protects P2P Users From Copyright Infringement
The notorious RIAA is at it again, sending unwarranted notices to people just for the sake of it. It’s newest victim is none other than PCMag.com a popular technology website.
According to PCMag.com, a recent article about Limewire Alternatives got them on the RIAA radar who sent them a letter saying that they were encouraging music piracy through that post.
Now writing articles about alternatives to a software is not illegal in any sense, it does not really say that you should go ahead an download software and then pirate music. Along with this, there are several sites which write about software including us with a disclaimer that people should be vary enough of legal laws in their country before using it.
RIAA has also accused PCMag of encouraging the new LimeWire Pirated edition which was being hunted down by both LimeWire and RIAA. PCMag has obviously shunned a request from the agencies to remove the post and have replied back to them saying that they will not stop covering things like this in future.
In 2008 RIAA had spent over $16 million to recover $0.391 million and I assume they will continue to recover much lesser thanks to such obnoxious claims.
So, how does this RIAA and PCMag case affect other website owners and publishers? Will website owners now have to adhere to governance by these agencies on what should be written and what should not be? I would be very interested to see where this heads as it will be an important step towards knowing whether or not freedom of speech or writing is neglected just because someone has a problem with things you write.
The RIAA made some big crackdown records this year. Though, going after LimeWire turned out to be a big loss for RIAA. So much of time and money spent after pleasing the recording media bosses went #fail. Shutting down of the LimeWire assets only resulted in the creation of a pirated version of the popular peer-to-peer file sharing application over which, neither LimeWire nor the RIAA has any control whatsoever and users are drooling over.
Now, both RIAA and LimeWire are after MetaPirate, the company behind the forked pirated edition of LimeWire. As the story goes, the RIAA is directly accusing LimeWire for a second time on this. The RIAA writes,
Defendants have demonstrated clearly that they either will not or cannot do what the injunction commands.
The court has shut down the MetaPirate blog. Now, even if it is wants to fight the RIAA in court, this website’s owner has to reveal his/her identity first. That is something no one is willing to do and it is expected that the website will not come up in near future. However, the pirated version of LimeWire is available from other torrent sites.
The RIAA made a record win over the world of piracy by bringing down the popular P2P service LimeWire. As per the terms of the lawsuit, LimeWire was to shut down its complete operations and abiding by that, it did issue a cease-and-desist notice this Wednesday. However, a new (independent) pirated version of the application that goes by the name of LimeWire Pirate Edition has surfaced over the Internet.
The RIAA should understand that LimeWire is a company that is powered by its users. They will use anything and everything that is thrown their way (for file-sharing) and as long as it is an application that does just that, no one cares if it is from LimeWire or not. File-sharers are not as answerable to the law as LimeWire is being a company. The RIAA has created an even bigger problem for itself by bringing down LimeWire since, had this void not been there, there would not have been a pirated version over which they can have no control whatsoever.
The RIAA has responded on this matter saying,
It’s critical that LimeWire complies with the court-ordered injunction. We are monitoring the situation closely.
That can mean a couple of things starting with issuing another lawsuit on LimeWire and pleasing some more recording label bosses to ordering LimeWire to take care of the matter. The RIAA has endless antics and following this event, we will see some more of it soon.
LimeWire being thrown out of the file-sharing business was the biggest blow to this business and now, this has gotten other LimeWire alternatives worried as they are seeing a huge increase in popularity and download and will soon be as much of a threat as LimeWire was.
Earlier this week, LimeWire lost a case with the RIAA and was asked to shut down its entire operations by a NY district court. This fueled a search for that much-needed LimeWire alternative, as it was hardly a move to curb file sharing. Seemingly, the RIAA is only interested in shelling out big bucks from file-sharing services for its customers.
MP3Rocket was worried by the proceedings of this case and revealed plans of re-branding their software and leaving the Gnutella network while talking to TorrentFreak. All this, because they are seeing a nice increase in traffic and have run into a threat zone now.
As obvious, BearShare, the only RIAA backed file-sharing client has received a 780% increase in traffic. However, they have not revealed any stats on the number of paid downloads.
BearShare was turned legal by the RIAA after it lost a lawsuit against them and was asked to pay $30 million. Survival was a better alternative for them.
We all remember how the RIAA went after LimeWire when it could not make enough out of people and especially students. Greg Sandoval at the CNET blog on Digital Entertainment writes,
In March, U.S. District Court Judge Kimba Wood ruled that Lime Group, parent company of Lime Wire and founder Mark Gorton are liable for copyright infringement by enabling and “inducing” users of the file-sharing software LimeWire to pirate songs from the four major record companies.
Mark Gorton created LimeWire and he happens to be the founder of Lime Group. The RIAA has an ongoing case against the company from 2007 and has tried to freeze all assets of Gorton. However, recently, RIAA accuses Gorton of having moved asset into private family trust.
The judge ruling this case has denied freezing these assets. However, LimeWire will not stay here for long and in all probability, it will be shut down and the assets frozen. Apart from that, it would also have to pay fines amounting in billions of dollars.
It seems like the RIAA is running out of options and is looking for some quick and easy win in its bid to catch file sharers. It has given up attempts to force ISP’s into giving up their list of users. According to new plans, it is going after the heart of file sharing.
The latest victim of LimeWire is not any file sharing website or any student from any university. It is a software product. The charge the RIAA is pressing against LimeWire is in the range of a billion dollars. As wired.com says, it truly seems as if the RIAA is seeking to annihilate the company behind LimeWire with that hefty an amount.
The RIAA has already made the court believe that LimeWire is causing immense amount of file sharing and the company has not taken preventive measure against this.
Just a few weeks ago, Zeeshan Zaidi the COO of LimeWire wanted to cut a deal with the RIAA to help record labels sell music on their p2p network but the idea did not impress the RIAA enough.
If this is the case, we can clearly see the future of software like uTorrent and Bittorrent. It is only time before the RIAA gets to them with another accusation and a fresh extortion amount.