Limewire is Dead: Alternatives to Limewire
- October 28th, 2010 10:24 pm ET
Limewire, the popular P2P program, is no more.
If you recently visited Limewire's official website or opened its P2P program, you probably had this message sprawled on your computer screen:
“Legal Notice: This is an official notice that Limewire is under a court ordered junction to stop distributing and supporting its file sharing software. Downloading or sharing copyrighted content without authorization is illegal”.
The once popular P2P file sharing network has been shutdown by a court order; following the likes of Morpheus, Kazaa, and Napster-programs that have faded into the obscurity of the internet.
Limewire-which allowed its users to infringe on copyrighted and intellectually owned content with no penalty or repercussions-has had it's network annulled and its search function disabled, completely crippling the software. In layman's terms? Despite numerous efforts, Limewire has shown very little interest in constructing an appropriate business model that respected corresponding copyright laws. Finally, after almost a decade of dodging and tip toeing around copyright policies, Limewire has been slapped by legislative powers and sent packing.
However, all hope is not lost. Now that Limewire is gone, other file-sharing networks are trying to take in some of the millions of stranded refugees under their wing. Some of these programs are venerable and are worth taking a look. Limewire has been the big dog in the P2P world and only time will tell if other programs will turn out to be a venerable successor to Limewire. Check out the list here.