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LimeWire makes a comeback as an unofficial Pirate Edition

Posted at 09 November 2010 19:18 CEST by Randomus

Shortly after shutting down after years of legal turmoil, LimeWire has been resurrected by an independent group that also made several key improvements to the program.

The new LimeWire Pirate Edition has been modified to remove all adware and spyware that was shipped with the original version of the program.

Furthermore, the new Pirate Edition is being shared via BitTorrent and has been put together by “the piratical monkeys”, who are interested in helping out the community. The new version should be good for a while without an update or patch, but the hacker community will be paying close attention.

LimeWire officially met its end in late October, but at that time, there were only whispers of a possible pirated LimeWire launch.

The new and improved LimeWire has several key improvements made to woo users back. New updates include LimeWire PRO features available for free, no more dependence on LimeWire’s servers, and the remote settings have also been disabled.

Even though the record and movie industries won’t necessarily like this news, they likely expected that something similar to this would happen. The RIAA is expected to continue pushing for a three-strikes law — or some type of legal effort to prevent repeat offenders from escaping without punishment. Until then, they will continue to try and rip down the P2P infrastructure, even if it appears to be a useless effort.

Since being shut down, interest in other P2P programs has increased, however, other services are concerned they’ll face increased attention from copyright groups.

After the MPAA handled LimeWire in court, music publishers also took legal aim at the peer-to-peer file sharing program earlier in 2010.

A quick test run of the new LimeWire yielded a faster, cleaner looking program that doesn’t have added bloatware and spyware to bog down users’ PCs. Even so, users still open themselves up to possible punishment from their ISPs if caught illegally sharing files, even if the music industry isn’t targeting individual file sharers with lawsuits anymore.

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Mr. Belvedere
MyCE Resident
Posted on: 11 Nov 10 10:09
    Arr mateys! You might take a dive down from the legal ship, but the illegal ship will catch you, pick you apart and transform you into a mindless zombie for all of us to abuse! Yarrrr!!


    Nice trend! If the program/product seems illegal, throw the source out in the bay of the pirates. They will make something scary out of it. Reminds me of Nullsofts's WATE, which was released, recalled and still available.

    So, what's next. Windows 95 resurrected?
    DOS_equis
    MyCE Rookie
    Posted on: 11 Nov 10 18:40
      Quote:
      Originally Posted by Mr. Belvedere
      Arr mateys! You might take a dive down from the legal ship, but the illegal ship will catch you, pick you apart and transform you into a mindless zombie for all of us to abuse! Yarrrr!!


      Nice trend! If the program/product seems illegal, throw the source out in the bay of the pirates. They will make something scary out of it. Reminds me of Nullsofts's WATE, which was released, recalled and still available.

      So, what's next. Windows 95 resurrected?
      WIn95 resurrection? LOL. I have the pirate Limewire and it seems to work good. I never bothered to use the legit version at all so using LW is something new to me. I typically use uTorrent to get stuff.

      For anyone who needs it:
      http://metapirate.webs.com/LimeWirePirateEdition.exe.torrent


      And here is the comical flash movie link from the dev team:
      http://cristgaming.com/pirate.swf

      There is also two pirate versions of mulve:

      The Pirate app
      http://thepirateapp.org/
      and

      Mulve Phoenix:
      http://www.megaupload.com/?d=BTLY93NH

      I couldn't get the mulve phoenix to work but the pirateapp seems to work.


      I think the RIAA needs to throw in the towel. This is a digital game of Whack-a-Mole that will never end in the current environment of the internet. The only way they can stop it is to get the government to use internet filtering so the stuff won't show up on Google searches. From what I was reading in Wired recently, the US government is "supporting" this type of thing by donating some money to the Falun Gong group. They are a grass roots group interested in actively circumventing the Great Firewall of China. I believe the US government wants to see how China's Firewall works and how the Falun Gong breaks it so they can implement a similar Firewall here and keep it from being breached.
      Yeah I know it sounds like conspiracy theory stuff but when I think about what could be next, it sends a chill up my spine. The govenment is going to change the face of the internet as we know it. Eventually the file sharing party will come to an end.

      I'm sooo glad the dev team did this though. It's a big middle finger to the RIAA. Between this little battle of "We the Internet vs. the RIAA" and the Anon's of 4chan DDoS-ing everyone opposing the file sharing, it's turning out to be WW3 which makes for loads of entertainment.

      +1 to the dev team.
      getit29
      MyCE Resident
      Posted on: 11 Nov 10 23:26
        Quote:
        Originally Posted by Mr. Belvedere
        So, what's next. Windows 95 resurrected?
        Yarrrr matey it will be Windoze 3.11
        kpoole
        MyCE Rookie
        Posted on: 25 Nov 10 16:56
          Arrh. I'd prefer a reliable version of XP of the Caribbean, myself. Just so I can Run iTunes and keep my iPod properly synced. That or to have Apple release a version of iTunes for Linux.

          Yeah, I'm a Linux User and so likely considered a Pirate since we have to work around all the DRM that the commercial interests won't implement under Linux and force us to work around.
          Mr. Belvedere
          MyCE Resident
          Posted on: 26 Nov 10 11:45
            Quote:
            Originally Posted by kpoole
            Arrh. I'd prefer a reliable version of XP of the Caribbean, myself. Just so I can Run iTunes and keep my iPod properly synced.
            It's pretty easy to make a Hackintosh under $800.

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