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Limewire Shares Music, Not Pizza July 2, 2009

Posted by Daniel in Uncategorized.
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I’ve been a fan of the idea of sharing music among friends every since Napster started bringing people together in 1999.  I’ve only ever heard of file sharing companies described as bullies on the news and in the courtrooms – causing me to lean my support toward them as the underdog.

But the recent actions of some Limewire employees have challenged where my loyalties lay. As I was browsing through Tech Crunch I found a disturbing article (The Infamous 2009 LimeWire Pizza Fiasco) chronicling a physical altercation between the employees of a small New York music label, Dovecote Records, and employees from Limewire.

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According to the story, the Dovecote employees mistakenly took some pizza from a tray set out for a Limewire company party.  After useless apologies fell on deaf ears, the truth about the employee’s identy as Limewire staff came out, enfuriating the small record label’s employees – who quickly calculated the value of their 2 stolen pieces of pizza as incomparable to the money and music stolen by the file sharing giant.

The Dovecotes grabbed full boxes of pizza and made their heated escape, but not without being showered by pitchers of beer and roucous threats from Limewire staff.

I understand this is a war for freedom of file sharing, but come on – 2 peices of pizza.  Limewire, if you’re really about sharing everything royalty free, then lighten up a little – it’s only pizza.

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