LimeWire is a discontinued free software peer-to-peer file sharing (P2P) client for Windows, OS X, Linux and Solaris. As a result of the injunction, LimeWire stopped distributing the LimeWire software, and versions 5.5. 11 and newer have been disabled using a backdoor installed by the company.
Is LimeWire legal?
In a nutshell, Limewire [now defunct] and similar “peer to peer” or p2p file sharing tools (BitTorrent is another popular tool) are perfectly legal and theres no prohibition on distributing the applications or having them on your computer.
What is P2P slang?
P2P means Peer To Peer, Pay to Play, and Pay To Progress.
Why illegally downloading music is bad?
Illegal: Downloading music files which are copyrighted that you do not hold the copyright to. Once you obtained the work of music on your computer you would be in posession of copyrighted material which you did not pay for, and thus this would be illegal, and you could face prosecution.
Why is LimeWire illegal?
A federal court in New York issued a permanent injunction against LimeWire late on Tuesday, ruling that the platform intentionally caused a massive scale of infringement by permitting the sharing of thousands of copyrighted works by its 50 million monthly users.