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RIAA: LimeWire employee released LimeWire pirate edition

Posted at 20 November 2010 00:00 CET by wconeybeer

Could “MetaPirate”, the person behind the launch of LimeWire: Pirate Edition, be someone who is or was a LimeWire employee?

According to new court documents filed by the Recording Industry of America, they believe it is and have launched a manhunt in an attempt to uncover the person’s identity.

“An anonymous developer calling himself or herself ‘Meta Pirate’ launched the website at that provides users with several links to download the LimeWire Pirate Edition,” wrote RIAA attorneys this week in documents submitted to the Southern District of New York Federal Court. “Press reports indicated that ‘Meta Pirate’ is either formerly or presently a Lime Wire employee. Plaintiffs requested expedited discovery to uncover the identity of ‘Meta Pirate.'”

The RIAA has also requested cooperation with their investigation, and the court has ordered LimeWire management to turn over the following documentation:

(i) a list of all current and former employees of the Defendant who, to Defendants’ knowledge, have had possession or knowledge of the private key used to sign the LimeWire SIMPP file in the past year, and (ii) a list of all known LimeWire software developers, programmers, or other employees who, to Defendants’ knowledge, would have been capable of excising the features that were removed from LimeWire 5.6 beta before it was redistributed as the LimeWire Pirate Edition.

But representatives for LimeWire state that they have no knowledge of who is behind the Pirate Edition of their P2P file sharing software. “Lime Wire is complying with the court-ordered injunction. We have informed the court we are not involved in the distribution of LimeWire Pirate Edition [and have not] used the name Meta Pirate,” a spokesperson said in a statement issued to CNET. “We have issued a cease and desist letter to the hosting company of LimeWire Pirate Edition and have asked that others comply with the injunction.”

Ars Technica claims to have spoken with MetaPirate about the situation and asked if he or she had ever worked for Limewire. “I am an agent provocateur for the RIAA, and you can quote me on that… The monkeys who created LimeWire Pirate Edition are not associated in any way with Lime Wire LLC,” was the reply. As to the success the RIAA will have in discovering his (or her) identity, “Good luck, I’m behind seven proxies,” MetaPirate said.

For now, LimeWire has launched their own investigation and has managed to take MetaPirate’s website offline. As we’ve seen so far, however, it’s hard to keep a good pirate down.

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There are 4 comments

MyCE Resident
Posted on: 20 Nov 10 01:14
    More publicity please. Let the RIAA dig their own hole by advertising the existence of a working Limewire.
    Posted on: 20 Nov 10 17:11
      .....and if the RIAA identifies an employee and if the defunct Limewire says they don't care that their defunct application was re engineered, then exactly where is a 'cause of action where the RIAA could have standing? The copyright holder to the program is Limewire not the RIAA. The RIAA has got a hell-of-a-lot to prove to get from the point where an employee tinkers with software (that the RIAA doesn't own) to a point where they have proven that the employee did something criminal. Unless the RIAA has bought the court system this could easily be labeled an abuse that turns around and bites them in the arse. If the RIAA members were held to the standards they seem to be trying to utilize here they would have been out of business decades ago. I seriously doubt they are going to find a set of sympathetic ears in a courtroom no matter how many drama queens they assign to the case. This is just more intimidation ...which is the one thing the recording industry is good at *laughs
      MyCE Rookie
      Posted on: 20 Nov 10 22:33
        i read that it was RIAA that forced LimeWire Pirate Edition off line, not the original LimeWire itself. maybe wrong. also thought that open source was used for it too. the reason this was done in this way was to try to force the site 'upper' to reveal his identity (some hope), not to just shut the site down. if there is no link between the original and new 'limewire', RIAA would have had to go back to court and start the shut down process all over again. easier for them to lie again. typical! they do what they like, legal or not, but no one else can do anything that is even legal!
        Mr. Belvedere
        MyCE Resident
        Posted on: 22 Nov 10 09:04
          they believe it is and have launched a manhunt in an attempt to uncover the person’s identity.

          As to the success the RIAA will have in discovering his (or her) identity, “Good luck, I’m behind seven proxies,” MetaPirate said.

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