U.S. Supreme Court to shut the LimeWire

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U.S. federal court decided to close the popular file-sharing service LimeWire, reported Agence France-Presse. Site LimeWire.com already posted an official warning that the company Lime Group is obliged to cease to distribute and support the program LimeWire.

The court decision related to a lawsuit the music industry representatives to LimeWire. They believe that file sharing has been optimized for downloading digital music files, most of which were pirated, causing serious damage to the holders of rights to works.

Head LimeWire George Searle issued a statement expressing disappointment the decision of the court, but admitted that Lime Group “had no choice.” Searle also said that the company plans to introduce a new music service, details of which will be announced in the near future.

The first lawsuit filed against LimeWire thirteen music companies, was considered by the court in 2006. The court acknowledged the correctness of opponents of service. In 2010, another lawsuit was filed by representatives of the American Association for the publishers of musical works (NMPA), which required the company to 150 thousand dollars for each song illegally distributed through file sharing.

LimeWire was started in 2000 and was very popular in the U.S.. In June 2010, the company’s management announced that it plans by year’s end to make the service “cloud” and add the ability to sync with various devices and software iTunes.

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