Federal District Court Judge gives ruling in Manhattan

Filesharing service website LimeWire looks set to shut down after a judge ruled that its main filesharing functions be disabled.

The owners of the site have been involved in court cases with record companies in the USA for the past four years with regard to copyright infringement charges. Yesterday (October 26) a Judge at Manhattan‘s Federal District Court ruled that functions that led to file-sharing through the site must be disabled.

Judge Kimba M Wood said that the company must disable the site’s “searching, downloading, uploading, file trading and/or file distribution functionality”, reports The New York Times.

The Recording Industry Association Of America responded by releasing a statement saying: “For the better part of the last decade, LimeWire and [company founder Mark] Gorton have violated the law. The court has now signed an injunction that will start to unwind the massive piracy machine that LimeWire and Gorton used to enrich themselves immensely.”

A message on the homepage of Limewire.com now reads: “This is an official notice that LimeWire is under a court-ordered injunction to stop distributing and supporting its filesharing software. Downloading or sharing copyrighted content without authorisation is illegal.”

Company chiefs are planning to hold talks with representatives from record labels in the US in an attempt to negotiate a legitimised version of the site.