Limewire: the Rise and Fall of File Sharing

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Limewire: The Rise and Fall of File Sharing When I was in middle school, the biggest way to get music for free was a website named Limewire. Nothing was more exciting than to be able to hear a song on the radio then go home and download it to our desktops. Also cool, was the fact that if one of us didn’t have a song, our friend could simply “burn” it onto a c.d. for us. That was the only way we knew how to get music, aside from going out and buying the whole album. Apple’s iTunes was just starting out and iPods were just being created. Limewire was the way to go. Little did we know that Limewire was illegal and costing singers, songwriters, labels, and everyone associated with just one song, huge amounts of money. Limewire was…show more content…
After the start of the suit in 2006, they launched a paying service named Limewire Store. This pacified some labels but given the overwhelming number of illegal downloads still happening, the majority of labels didn’t seem satisfied. The executives involved in the suit also said that the company should pay more than 1 billion dollars in damages for their copyright violations. The parties finally reached a settlement of 105 million dollars distributed to the various companies respectively. While the record companies asked for the maximum penalty of 1.4 billion dollars, they hoped that the huge victory would show other piracy sites and services that what they’re doing is not a game. Illegal downloads hurt the people who have put in the hard work, day in and day out. The RIAA’s chairman, Mitch Bainwol said it best, “As the court heard during the last two weeks, Limewire wreaked enormous damage on the music community, helping contribute to thousands of lost jobs and few opportunities for aspiring artists.” In June of 2011, the RIAA and record companies filed one more motion to permanently shut down the Limewire site and all services connected to it. It injunction stated that Limewire hadn’t changed their illegal practices since the judgement. Judge Wood gave the site 2 weeks rebut the closing and give reason as to why it should not be shut down. While that was going on,

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