Limewire claims its good name stolen by Pirates

The P2P outfit which was shut down by the courts for encouraging software piracy, has denied that it is behind a new open source version of itself which has gone online.

LimeWire, which last month was shut down by a federal judge, published a notice on its website on Wednesday warning that other applications are using its name.

We guess it must mean the LimeWire Pirate Edition (LPE) which is based on the LimeWire 5.6 beta that was briefly released earlier this year and then withdrawn when Lime Wire lost its lawsuit. It is better than the version killed by the RIAA. You can download the Pirate version here

“We have very recently become aware of unauthorized applications on the Internet purporting to use the LimeWire name,” the notice says.

“We demand that all persons using the LimeWire software, name, or trademark in order to upload or download copyrighted works in any manner cease and desist from doing so. We further remind you that the unauthorized uploading and downloading of copyrighted works is illegal.”

LimeWire added that it was taking steps to comply with the October court order that stopped the company from distributing its software.

The New York-based company was one of the world’s biggest services for letting consumer share music, movies and TV shows for free over the internet.

It will be interesting to see what Limewire will have to do to the Pirates. In theory, to show willing, it should send a lawyer’s letter to tell them to stop using its software. It would be a bit ironic.