Popular file-sharing site WinMX.com ceased operating and the New York office of another, eDonkey.com, appeared to be closed, in the continuing legal fallout among underworld peer-to-peer music services, industry sources and users said on Wednesday.
RIAA last week sent out “cease-and-desist” letters to seven file-sharing groups. A spokeswoman for the RIAA declined to name the targets.
Popular file-sharing sites BearShare, eDonkey and WinMX were reportedly among the targets.
The decentralized nature of most peer-to-peer file-sharing software makes it uncontrollable once it is released over the Internet. However, shutting off sites where users first download the software may strangle the flow of new users.