Computer chips, that is. No sooner did I deem the shutdown of LimeWire to be a high-stakes game of Whack-a-Mole than a "Pirate Edition" of the program appeared, causing yet more headaches and forcing LimeWire to disavow this new product.
So, let me get this straight. The makers of a product that facilitates stealing intellectual property from others disavows a product that stole intellectual property from them.
Shiver me timbers!
Following in the footsteps of Napster, Grokster, et al, a federal judge has issued an injunction forcing LimeWire to stop distributing its file-sharing software. What does this really solve? It's kinda like a game of whack-a-mole, isn't it? For each service the authorities shut down, there are several more ready to take its place.
I'm not saying they shouldn't try; just that technology will always be one step ahead unless the law finds a way to respond more rapidly.
Don't hold your breath…