NEWS: The demise of LimeWire will not stop the problem of P2P
Tiversa, a company that “provides P2P Intelligence and Security Services to corporations, global law enforcement, government agencies and individuals based on patented technologies that can monitor over 450 million users issuing 1.6 billion searches a day”, has issued a comment on the expected demise of LimeWire. You may recall that last week U.S. District Judge Kimba M. Wood ruled that “LimeWire’s users commit a substantial amount of copyright infringement”. Also stated was that the Lime Group (parent company of LimeWire), “has not taken meaningful steps to mitigate infringement.” The salient points from Tiversa are
- P2P file-sharing networks are enormous and will continue to thrive
2001, the end of Napster. 2005, the fall of Grokster. 2010, LimeWire faces closure (as reported by the media). This story sounds familiar. P2P isn’t going anywhere. In fact, Tiversa’s research and recent trend analysis reinforces the notion that the file-sharing community will continue to grow. While many file-sharing applications operate overseas and simply aren’t concerned with U.S. regulations, P2P will continue to be a disruptor for the music and entertainment industry. For the security, privacy, and risk sectors, P2P file-sharing will continue to present a broad spectrum risk to organizations of all shapes and sizes.
- LimeWire has been on the decline
There’s been a noticeable migration of users from LimeWire to other applications, such as BearShare, FrostWire, MP3 Rocket and others over the past few years. This ruling will only accelerate that migration because people still like the notion of ‘free’. If not LimeWire, then users will use something else. With over 220 P2P software applications available to internet users, an alternative to LimeWire will not be difficult to obtain.
The information being shared across these networks is staggering. In a typical day, Tiversa might see the Protected Health Information (PHI) of tens of thousands being disclosed by a hospital or medical billing company, a Fortune 100 company exposing patent documentation or M&A strategy, or the Personally Identifiable Information (PII) of an organization’s global workforce being exposed through a third-party payroll provider.
Robert Boback, Tiversa CEO