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Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is Lime Wire and when was the company founded? Lime Wire LLC designs advanced software to run on the Gnutella Network, a decentralized peer-to-peer information sharing system. LimeWire is open source software, runs on an open protocol, and allows users to search for and share any kind of file. Lime Wire LLC was founded in June 2000 and is headquartered in New York City. 2. Who is the head of the company? Mark Gorton is the Chief Executive Officer and founder of Lime Wire. Before that, he worked as a trader in fixed income proprietary trading at Credit Suisse First Boston. Greg Bildson is the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Technology Officer of Lime Wire and has been active in the Java and Internet world since 1995, having independently developed several Java products. 3. Is the company public or private? Lime Wire LLC is a privately funded company and wholly owned subsidiary of the Lime Group, a group of innovative technology and financial companies. 4. What is the Gnutella network? The Gnutella Network is an open peer-to-peer system in which individuals can exchange files of any type (music, movies, etc.) over the Internet directly with other Gnutella users without going through a web site, or server. After installing LimeWire and accessing Gnutella, a user's computer becomes both a client and a server in the network (which is called GnutellaNet) and is able to share files with other Gnutella users that are on the network. Gnutella is not a web site nor does it contain web sites. The content that is available on the Gnutella Network comes from other users running Gnutella-compatible software. In short, Gnutella is a networking protocol that defines a way in which computers can speak directly to one another in a decentralized fashion. Software publishers such as Lime Wire LLC have written and distributed programs that are compatible with the Gnutella protocol and therefore allow users to participate in the Gnutella Network. 5. What is Peer-to-Peer (or P2P) file sharing? P2P file sharing allows a group of computer users on the same network to connect with each other and directly access files from one another's hard drives. The process of P2P file sharing is decentralized which means that there is no central server. Currently, over 60 million Americans use P2P file sharing and this number is expected to increase in the future.
6. What are the basic features of LimeWire? How is LimeWire different from its competitors (core differentiators)? Basic features: • • • • Open Network User Friendly Support for Magnet Links Multiple Searches
Core differentiators: Lime Wire currently employs the highest number of expert developers dedicated to Gnutella software development. The core differentiators that make LimeWire’s software stand apart from its competition are: • • • • Cross-Platform compatibility Dynamic Querying capability Supports 20 different languages Better at finding rare files
7. How is LimeWire PRO different from LimeWire Basic? Lime Wire offers two versions of the software: LimeWire Basic is ad-supported and is free of charge; the other is LimeWire PRO which is available for a one-time payment of $19.50 and contains no ads or flashing banners, includes 6 months of free updates and customer support via email. 8. How long does it take to install LimeWire’s software? LimeWire’s software is quick and easy to install. Simply download the installer from www.limewire.com, which will take about 8 minutes on a 56k modem, install the program and in minutes you are connected to the Gnutella network. 9. In what language is LimeWire’s software written and on what computing platforms will it run? LimeWire is written in Java, and will run on Windows, Macintosh, Linux, Sun and other computing platforms. 10. What kind of files does LimeWire allow users to share? LimeWire allows users to share any of these file types: mp3, avi, jpg, tiff, txt, doc, etc. 11. Who is LimeWire’s target audience? Users in all age groups enjoy LimeWire’s software. About 70 percent of Lime Wire users are located in the U.S., U.K., and Canada. 12. What is dynamic querying? In early 2003, LimeWire introduced dynamic querying, which fine-tunes a file search by sending a query to progressively more computers until 150 responses are returned. This technique limits bandwidth waste by tweaking the number of computers searched for a file based on the number of sources already discovered. This means that rare content is searched for more extensively, while less effort is expended to
find sources for easily available content. Dynamic querying has prevented the LimeWire section of the Gnutella network from being overloaded and has thus made LimeWire searches more effective. 13. What is a content portal? The content portal acts as a directory of legitimate content available on the Gnutella network. By clicking on a magnet link on the portal site, the user’s LimeWire will open and attempt to retrieve the file from the specified web location as well as utilize the download mesh to find alternate locations for the file. This method of content delivery saves the distributor bandwidth costs and ensures the availability of popular content on the network. MagnetMix, in development by LimeWire, is a content portal that will offer authorized content such as music, eBooks, literature, and video to its users. 14. What is LimeWire’s position on piracy? LimeWire is working to keep P2P technology legal in the courts and in Congress. The company defends Freedom of Speech and believes that existing laws are an over-reaching abuse of copyright laws. The company believes that there is no way to completely control piracy in a file sharing system. One solution may be compulsory licenses similar to radio. A second solution is low-cost high-quality downloads. 15. Is it legal to use LimeWire’s software? Yes, it is legal to use Lime Wire’s software. It is an Internet enabling technology. 16. What is in store for the future of LimeWire? The LimeWire Development Team is at the forefront of Gnutella Development and is working with other Gnutella Developers to enhance the power and use of the network. Several developments are being finalized, such as the ability for companies to offload bandwidth costs by serving files on LimeWire, as well as adding new capabilities like email “magnets” so users can send very large files directly to one another.