On Wednesday, a New York judge ordered Limewire, a popular data-sharing program, to stop distributing it's file-sharing software. Judge Wood of U.S. District Court in Manhattan stated that Limewire "intentionally encouraged direct infringement" and also "marketed itself to Napster users, who were known copyright infringers."
Limewire shut down it's services on Wednesday, as they displayed a legal notice announcing that the company "is under a court-ordered injunction to stop distributing and supporting it's file-sharing software." Limewire has been popular for many years because it allowed its users to download music and other files through their file-sharing software. It was quite popular a few years ago, but the popularity has declined over the years due to ambiguity over whether downloading music from this program was legal. However, this is not the end for Limewire. Limewire CEO George Searle posted a message on Limewire's corporate site stating that the court injunction only applies to the Limewire product. He stated, "Our company remains open for business. Our team of technologists and music enthusiasts is creating a completely new music service that puts you back at the center of your digital music experience. We'll be sharing more details about our new service and look forward to bringing it to you in the future."
The court has ordered a halt for further distribution of Limewire's software, but other networks this software tapped into such as Gnutella and BitTorrent remain active and can be reached through other software applications.