Limewire, the popular file sharing service that was recently ordered by the courts to stop the distribution of the Limewire file sharing software is learned to be shutting down their music store operations by the end of the year. The company was earlier noted to be forging plans to relaunch as a legal music store.
In an email purportedly sent to vendors, Limewire has stated that they “must cease Limewire store operations on December 31, 2010“. The email goes on to note that the company has stopped accepting new customers as of November 30th but shall continue to stay online until the end of December to let existing subscribers to redeem their credits.
The team is expected to offer additional communication shortly with respect to the delivery stoppage, agreement termination and final accounting.
The US Government has been cracking down on a number of websites that it claims contain “misbehaving” content including offering ways to access pirated content. This has been primarily done with the help of ICANN – the organization that is responsible for handling domain names. Thanks to the control that ICANN holds over individual domain names, the US government is noted to be easily able to shut off websites that it deems are unlawful.
Now, a number of internet enthusiasts – including the founders of the popular pro-piracy website, PirateBay are mulling over alternatives that will help website owners host such content deemed unlawful without having to worry about being hassled by government agencies. The group has proposed a new BitTorrent-like DNS system that will decentralize the DNS system over multiple computers that install an application and thereby make it impossible for ICANN to block content. The new system could run on a .p2p domain suffix instead of conventional TLDs like .com or .net.
The proposal is still in the development stages and it will be interesting to see how this moves forward.