« on: October 28, 2010, 03:15 PM »
I agree that Lime wire had a lot of viruses, garbage, etc., but with some worthwhile downloads. I also know that our legal system is based on case law, which gives heavy emphasis on past judicial opinions/rulings. This is a chilling ruling. While I agree that it is illegal and immoral to pirate software, I also realize that shutting down an entire site instead of going after the individual offenders is chilling. This is, in my humble opinion, not unlike what the ISP's, most notably Comcast, did to bit torrent some time ago, when they actively throttled all bit torrent traffic, punishing all users. Anything that came from bit torrent was throttled indiscriminately. So, all users were punished, the guilty and the innocent. That to me is tantamount to closing all banks and punishing all customers because some customers are using that institution to illegally launder money from illegal ventures/activities. That kind of activity should not be allowed/tolerated. The FCC realized this and immediately ordered Comcast to cease and desist from indiscriminate throttling of bit torrent traffic. Unfortunately, because of major errors in their legal defense area, on appeal a federal judicial panel ruled in favor of Comcast.