Remember the good old days when you could download any song you wanted on Napster or Limewire for free. Those days are officially gone, but can be relived if you watched the movie,”The Social Network” by learning how Sean Parker first came up with the idea for a peer to peer sharing network. In the movie, the rebellious Sean Parker shared the secret with Zuckenberg, the Facebook head.
“We lived in farms, then we lived in cities, and now we’re gonna live on the internet!”
Well, he did and Napster’s hand was slapped by the recording industry. In a recent Vanity Fair interview, the real Sean Parker describes himself as “the prankster or Puck in mythology. He’s not trying to cause harm, but rather to pull back the veil that masks your conventional, collectively reinforced understanding of society. This renegade thing was very clear at Napster. The point was that the emperor-the content industry-had no clothes.”
The content industry had some clothing after’s Napster’s free network sharing demise in Limewire. Now, it is waiting it’s own turn to shut down.
As I surfed the web, I found a banner that welcomed me and many other web users that read:
Legal Notice- This is an official notice that LimeWire is under a court-ordered injunction to stop distributiing and supporting its file-sharing softwared. Downloading or sharing the copyrighted content without authorization is illegal.
According to the Daily Mail, The Recording Industry Association of America filed a complaint against the company in 2007. Their lawyers told New York District Judge Kimba Wood that LimeWire’s file sharing program cost the record labels about $500 million a month in lost revenue.
But the lost revenue is just a starting point as to the problems Limewire caused. Many customers found viruses and trojan horses masking as mp3 files.
The fact that Limewire is no longer is good news since you don’t want your babysitter downloading the latest Bieber song and finding a huge fine by the government and an unwantd virus on your personal computer. Frostwire, MP3Rocket, BitTorrent and uTorrent are described as malicious software maintaining similar functions and could become the next bull target for record companies.
Keep in mind that Limewire used the Gnuttela network (pronunced like Nutella the hazelnut-chocolate spread) as well as the BitTorrent for its protocol.
The Gnuttela network itself was not affected by the injunction. Somewhere in cyberspace it is still operating and so are the pirates.
And they are everywhere. Today PC Mag, related that a clandestine group called Anonymous posted on its own website and on Encylopedia Dramatica that they will undergo a payback operation. Previously, the group targeted Hustler.com and Anti-piracy.fi. It is important to note that PC World contacted the RIAA about the possiblity of the event and they failed to comment.
As the free-file sharing networks continue to close, so will be the unhappy pirating customers. Unfortunately for them, they will be caught and justice for paying customers will finally be served.
Hachman, Mark. Anonymous plans DdOS attack on RIAA on Friday. PCMag.com.
Kirkpatrick David. With a Little Help From His Friends. Vanity Fair.
LimeWire Shut Down: Victory for Record Industry As US Court Closes Top File Sharing Site. Daily Mail.
The Social Network. IMDB