LimeWire Shuts Down Following Federal Court Injunction; Re-emerges as LimeWire Pirate Edition

Written By Sam on 11 November 2010

Ever heard of LimeWire? No? It’s that free peer-to-peer file sharing (P2P) client program that ran into rough weather, following copyright infringement issues, leading to its shut down on October 26. The program used to runs on Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and other OSs supported by the Java software platform.

But this post is not about the shut down. On the contrary, it’s about its curious resurrection. Yes, an anonymous team is understood to have brought the Gnutella-based file-sharing client back with a name: LimeWire Pirate Edition (LPE). The LPE is presently available for Windows only.
TorrentFreak reported this interesting development, even quoting as source as justifying the move: “On October 26 the remaining LimeWire developers were forced to shut down the company’s servers and modify remote settings in the filesharing client to try to harm the Gnutella network… They were then laid off. Shortly after, a horde of piratical monkeys climbed aboard the abandoned ship, mended its sails, polished its cannons, and released it free to the community.”

Here’s what we know about LTE:

  • Based on the LimeWire 5.6 beta
  • All dependencies on LimeWire’s servers have been removed
  • All remote settings have been disabled
  • Ask toolbar has been unbundled
  • All features of LimeWire PRO have been activated for free

If what the developers are claiming is true, LTE should “work better than the last functioning version of LimeWire (5.5.10), and it should keep working for longer. There’s no Adware or Spyware: the piratical monkeys are doing this for the benefit of the community.”

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