LimeWire has been forced to axe the P2P side of its business, following a court order to disable “the searching, downloading, uploading, file trading and/or file distribution functionality, and/or all functionality”. The judge’s decision came in the ongoing four-year case between labels and LimeWire, with summary judgement already made in favour of the labels. Following the no-P2P injunction, the next step will be to decide on damages payable by LimeWire and its owner Mark Gorton to rightsholders – something due to happen in January next year. LimeWire maintains that its efforts to go legit with a paid subscription service will continue. However, it’s unclear whether the injunction stops LimeWire from being able to market such a service to its huge base of P2P users – one of the few convincing reasons for labels to partner with the company.

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