Nostalgic: LimeWire Launches New Crypto

May 5, 2023 5:45 pm Comments

If you had an iPod or Mp3 player in the early 2000s there’s a good chance you had LimeWire software downloaded on your computer.

LimeWire was a “free peer-to-peer file sharing client for Windows, MacOS, Linux, and Solaris.”

Most people used LimeWire to “download and distribution of pirated materials, particularly pirated music.”

LimeWire’s services were eventually ended early after a lengthy court battle with the RIAA regarding piracy.

Limewire however is making a comeback but it has separated itself from the original Lime Wire founder Mark Gorton.

In 2022 brothers Julian and Paul Zehetmayr revealed that they would “revive LimeWire as a music-based NFT platform”.

They have since launched a toke on the LimeWire site called LimeWire Token (LMWR)

Take a look:


Per U.Today:

LimeWire offers a direct-to-fan membership platform that helps content creators generate consistent revenue. Fans get to enjoy exclusive content, engage with their favorite artists and brands and join private communities. With the help of blockchain technology, LimeWire allows fans to own and trade unique content and assets, giving them a chance to participate in the creators’ success.

The original founder of LimeWire isn’t too happy though.

Per Torrent Freak:

The original LimeWire company, called Lime Group LLC, was founded by Mark Gorton who also acted as its CEO. We initially assumed that he had been alerted in advance to the LimeWire comeback but that’s not the case.

Speaking with TorrentFreak, Gorton says that he had never even heard of this NFT project before it hit the news.

“I was not approached about this NFT project, and I didn’t hear about it until the public announcement,” Gorton tells TorrentFreak.

There was probably no legal obligation to inform the former LimeWire chief. The original trademarks have expired and the NFT website uses a new logo, so they can use the brand. However, Gorton is not happy to see the name used in a way that deviates from its original purpose.

“I am not thrilled about an unrelated group of people using the LimeWire name. Using the LimeWire name in this way creates confusion and falsely uses that brand that we created for purposes for which it was never intended,” Gorton says.

The new LimeWire does have at least one asset that previously belonged to the original LimeWire team; the domain name.

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