LimeWire is back from the dead, having been shut down last month after a court ruling. A mysterious team of anonymous developers, not content with the RIAA’s pursual of the file-sharing program, have resurrected it and even made it better than it was before.
“On October 26 the remaining LimeWire developers were forced to shut down the company’s servers and modify remote settings in the filesharing client to try to harm the Gnutella network. They were then laid off,” a source told TorrentFreak.
“Shortly after, a horde of piratical monkeys climbed aboard the abandoned ship, mended its sails, polished its cannons, and released it free to the community.”
The newly reanimated LimeWire is known as LimeWire Pirate Edition and is based on the 5.6 Beta that saw a few seconds of daylight earlier this year before being removed due to court orders.
The pirated version has come with a major overhaul of the software, removing dependency on the original LimeWire servers, disabling remote settings, unbundling the Ask toolbar that many found annoying, and making all of the LimeWire Pro features part of this new free version.
In fact, the Pirate Edition of LimeWire is said to “work better than the last functioning version” and “should keep working for longer”, which is sure to raise the ire of the RIAA, which will find it much more difficult to tackle these illusive, anonymous pirates.
Of course, the problem is that many people will not know about the pirated version due to the official website clearly stating that the software is dead and dusted.
It’s also likely that many illegal file-sharers have been scared off by the legal debacle and will be unwilling to touch anything with the word “lime” in it again, no matter if there’s new pirate flag waving above it.