LimeWire takes aim at copycat P2P service
File-sharing site LimeWire has moved to distance itself from the recently launched LimeWire Pirate Edition, posting a cease and desist order on its website and disowning the Phoenix-from-the-flames copycat service.
The official Limewire was finally taken down last month after a lengthy legal battle with the music and film industries, which claimed the service was encouraging P2P copyright infringement.
The ruling was hailed as the end of a P2P stalwart, but two weeks later the Pirate Edition emerged with all the features of the original service, but none of the adware and other annoyances that funded the original.
“We have very recently become aware of unauthorised applications on the internet purporting to use the LimeWire name,” the company said in a statement.
“We demand that all persons using the LimeWire software, name, or trademark in order to upload or download copyrighted works in any manner cease and desist from doing so.
“We further remind you that the unauthorised uploading and downloading of copyrighted works is illegal,” the company added, without a hint of irony.