One of the world's largest file-sharing websites, LimeWire, has been shut down by a U.S. judge after a legal battle that lasted four years.
In what is being called a significant victory for the record industry, New York District Judge Kimba Wood issued a permanent injunction and ordered the service to stop supplying software and to block any sharing of unauthorized files.
The ruling, which was 17 pages long, required the file-sharing website to "disable the searching, downloading, uploading, file trading and/or file distribution functionality, and/or all functionality of the software."
The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), which originally filed the copyright complaint against LimeWire in 2007, will reportedly now seek damages that could exceed $1 billion, according to the Daily Mail.
In the copyright lawsuit, the RIAA claimed that LimeWire's software had been downloaded from the site more than 200 million times, with more than 98 percent of download requests having been for unauthorized files.
The RIAA described the file-sharing site's actions as "rampant" copyright infringement that took place on a "massive scale," according to the news provider.