Open source supporters are still reeling at the order, given last week by District Judge Kimba Wood in Southern District of New York, for LimeWire to stop all functions that allow users to download content through their service. The four year legal battle has steadily taken apart the site, launched in 2000. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) stated that they would be celebrating today as “the court has now signed an injunction that will start to unwind the massive piracy machine that LimeWire and [Mark] Gorton used to enrich themselves immensely.”
The lawsuit against peer-to-peer open source site LimeWire was filed by RIAA on behalf of 8 major music publishers. Judgement to determine the level of damages is due in January. LimeWire has announced that it is looking to work with RIAA to produce a copyright compliant service for its 50 million users, much like Kazaa did before it.
LimeWire isn't the last P2P site. The question is, will Limewire users stay and become compliant or switch to other P2P sites?