Despite the fact that the RIAA had taken down other P2P networks all around them, LimeWire continued to function under a business model that profited from software piracy.
Now, it seems, the jig is up.
The RIAA has sued LimeWire in federal court and is seeking $150,000 in damages per occurrence of illegally downloaded file. Obviously, that will add up to a hell of a lot of money.
LimeWire has been warned that they would face legal action if they did not shut down or transfer to a legal business model, but in the end they chose to do nothing.
“While other services have come productively to the table, LimeWire has sat back and continued to reap profits on the backs of the music community,” the RIAA said in a statement.
I mean, LimeWire was great and everything – but what did they expect would happen?