I cannot verify all of this, but I think it is true. MetaMachine just lost out to the RIAA. They have to pay 30 million dollars to them and cease distribution of their softwares, like eDonkey and eDonkey2000, Overnet -etc.
If you use the eDonkey app now, supposedly you are given an “opportunity” to visit the eDonkey site. Then, you read the following message, (pasted below) and your IP is logged. Then an automatic uninstall of eDonkey is invoked. (this is the part I cannot verify)
I know the page logs the IP, as I went there for investigative purposes. But I do not use eDonkey so I don’t know about the other part concerning an automatic uninstall. Perhaps someone can enlighten us all.
Here’s the warnin’ message:
[I]The eDonkey2000 Network is no longer available.
If you steal music or movies, you are breaking the law.
Courts around the world – including the United States Supreme Court –
have ruled that businesses and individuals can be prosecuted for illegal
You are not anonymous when you illegally download copyrighted material.
Your IP address is xxx.xxx.xxx.xx and has been logged.
Respect the music, download legally.[/I]