When we’d already had precedents like Napster, people reveling in the joy of free content distribution, knew deep down inside that it was too good to last. On December 31, 2010, the online P2P file sharing service, Limewire was banned and shut down permanently.
If we try to look into the reasons why one of the best service on internet, Limewire was closed, we find some major issues. An analysis of such issues could help us in knowing the underlying reason behind the ban of limewire.
Though it was a novel way of sharing content over the internet LimeWire was banned because it violated several copyrights. The RIAA or the Recording Industry Association of America sued it for the indiscriminate disregard for the rights over personal creation and content. The content it had allowed freely to be accessed and downloaded over the internet was the intellectual property of individuals and firms.
One of the major reasons because of which LimeWire was shut down permanently was the involvement of a huge number of individuals. The RIAA claimed that LimeWire was encouraging the pervasive online infringement of private property and that 93% of its website traffic consisted of downloaders looking for content protected by copyright laws, which was made available to them for free.
This is the note on limewire website since it was banned,
Lessons to learn from ban on LimeWire
Though it was a great idea for sharing content on the internet and was the work of a technological genius, LimeWire was banned because its makers did not respect property infringement laws. With Limewire banned on internet, there are certain lessons we can learn from it,
- Make sure that if you have an idea, it does not breach the IP laws and copyright norms.
- To avoid getting banned like Limewire, consider seeking legal advice before launching any product over a platform as broad as the World Wide Web.
- Internet is a powerful tool, but with great power comes great responsibility. If you have a broad reach, you also have the responsibility of providing your consumers with a safe and legally correct experience.
Limewire failed to abide one or more rules and that’s why limewire was banned from internet and is not available for download.