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Court Order Shuts Down LimeWire’s File-Sharing Software

Great news if you’re feeling nostalgic for the halcyon days of the middle of the last decade, that era when the music industry’s battles with file-sharing networks left the Internet scattered with the burnt-out shells (ahem, legitimate music stores) of Napster and Kazaa. A U.S. District Court judge ordered LimeWire, one of the increasingly scarce peer-to-peer file sharing networks, to cease operations of its searching, downloading, file trading and distribution features immediately.

The decision came down as a part of a lawsuit filed against LimeWire in 2006 by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), the body which represents the interests of the many record labels, including the four remaining major labels (EMI, Sony, Universal, and Warner).

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