Just two weeks after a judge ordered LimeWire to shut down its P2P operations, a pirated version of the file-sharing client has appeared online. LimeWire Pirate Edition is likely to frustrate copyright owners who have prevailed in court but have less success with this type of decentralized piracy. After all, it’s easier to target piracy when it has a business address.

An anonymous source tells the blog TorrentFreak: “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. 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 software no longer depends on LimeWire LLC’s servers, explains the source to TorrentFreak, and all features of the premium LimeWire PRO version have been activated at no charge to the user. The software is only available for Windows users.

Word of LimeWire Pirate Edition has spread on BirTorrent. On Twitter, Billboard quickly found a ZShare page offering a download of the software.

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