i read that it was RIAA that forced LimeWire Pirate Edition off line, not the original LimeWire itself. maybe wrong. also thought that open source was used for it too. the reason this was done in this way was to try to force the site 'upper' to reveal his identity (some hope), not to just shut the site down. if there is no link between the original and new 'limewire', RIAA would have had to go back to court and start the shut down process all over again. easier for them to lie again. typical! they do what they like, legal or not, but no one else can do anything that is even legal!