updated 05:00 pm EST, Fri December 3, 2010
LimeWire to shut down permanently
LimeWire on Friday explained that its cancellation of music store plans was a full shutdown of the company. The company planned to close its New York office at the start of 2011. It didn't mention any follow-up companies or projects in a statement to AllThingsD.
"Given our current situation, plans to bring our separate, legal music service to market have been canceled," it said. "The beginning of 2011 will mark the closing of LimeWire's New York office and cessation of business by LimeWire. We attracted some of the top talent from the technology community over the years to build our new music service. We'll be helping our team members commence their job search over the next few months."
The closure followed a lawsuit loss to RIAA labels. LimeWire tried to persuade the court that the app wasn't intended for piracy and that it had made reasonable efforts to watch content, but the judge in the case was unconvinced and noted that the majority of the content was pirated.
LimeWire's exit removes a potential legal alternative but doesn't stop the pirate network itself, which runs on the decentralized Gnutella network and already has the support of an unauthorized, hacked LimeWire client as well as numerous third-party tools.