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LimeWire comes back. But there's a problem

March 14, 2022, 8:40 MSK

Does anyone remember what LimeWire is?

LimeWire was a free software peer-to-peer file sharing (P2P) client. Since 2000, it was in great demand for a whole decade as a place for pirated music, films, documents and, of course, viruses (!!!).

A screenshot of LimeWire's user interface

In 2006, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) sued the developers of LimeWire for copyright infringement and demanded compensation in the amount of $150,000 for each illegally downloaded song. In 2010, a US federal court issued a ban on the further distribution and support of this program, which led to its discontinuation.

And now there are news that LimeWire is coming back... as an NFT marketplace.

A screenshot of LimeWire's official website, as of March 14, 2022

You know what this reminds me of? ICQ New by VK (formerly known as Mail.ru Group). It's just as bad.

Maybe the NFT community will appreciate it, but I personally see it as a pathetic attempt to capitalize on 2000s nostalgia. And what's the point of preferring cryptocurrency to viruses? The odds are similar to those of winning the lottery.

Needless to say, LimeWire's current team has NO affiliation to LimeWires original team.

LimeWire will relaunch in May this year.

Not waiting for this.