A few weeks ago, Judge Kimba M. Wood of the Federal District Court in Manhattan issued an injunction forcing LimeWire LLC to disable "searching, downloading, uploading, file trading and/or file distribution functionality" in the company’s file-sharing software. The company thus discontinued support and halted the distribution of its popular P2P Gnutella-based client.
Now there are reports that LimeWire's client lives again, unofficially resurrected by a secret developer team and modified to make it more streamlined and better than it was before its demise.
"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."
Called LimeWire Pirate Edition (LPE), the new client is based on the LimeWire 5.6 beta that was released for a brief period before LimeWire LLC reeled it back in after losing its battle with the RIAA. The new client is reportedly working better than the version nuked by the RIAA (LimeWire 5.5.10).
"All dependencies on LimeWire LLC’s servers have been removed, all remote settings have been disabled, the Ask toolbar has been unbundled, and all features of LimeWire PRO have been activated for free," an unnamed source revealed. "There’s no adware or spyware: the piratical monkeys are doing this for the benefit of the community."
LimeWire Pirate Edition is only available for Windows, and is currently circulating on BitTorrent. As with any P2P client, use of the software could lead to malware and legal troubles.