After a four-year battle with the music industry, LimeWire, one of the worlds most popular “peer-to-peer file sharing” sites has been shut down. A federal court issued a permanent removal of LimeWire, saying that it intentionally caused a “massive scale of infringement” by permitting people to share thousands of copyrighted songs, videos, etc by its 50 million monthly users.
In May, LimeWire was officially found liable for widespread copyright infringement. The level of damages faced by the site's New York-based parent company, Lime Group, will be decided in January 2011. The Record companies want compensation for the millions of dollars lost due to LimeWire’s file sharing program.
Okay Mr. Music Producers, you shut LimeWire down for good. Is it REALLY solving the problem? There are plenty of other sites with the same motive, free music for anyone who downloads. Also websites that turn the tracks from videos on Youtube, into mp3 songs directly onto your itunes account. Even without the sites, kids and adults alike have been burning, sharing, and duplicating CD’s for years. All ending with free music for worthy buyers. I think that although the end of LimeWire is justified, in reality it won’t be much help to the artists who are most disappointed by stolen music, the buyers will simply find another way to get songs illegally.
Let me know what you think of this. The question at hand; is shutting down the system really solving anything? Even making a dent in the situation??