A New York federal judge has ordered LimeWire to immediately and permanently stop distributing and supporting its file sharing software.

The music industry has won a major victory after Judge Kimba Wood of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York ordered the file-sharing service LimeWire to immediately shut down the service and stop distributing the service client. In a court order on 17 pages (pdf) the judge ordered Limewire to stop searching, downloading, uploading, file trading and file distribution functionality of LimeWire’s P2P file sharing software.

The judge also ordered LimeWire to immediately notify the court’s decision to users of the service and the company’s employees and shareholders. The court gave Limewire 14 days to report back and present that the court order is completed.

A spokeswoman for Limewire says that yesterday’s court decision does not mean that Limewire’s other businesses, like the LimeWire Store, will be shut down, only the distribution of files through the LimeWire file sharing client are affected by the decision.

Limewire has previously tried to start a legal file sharing service where users pay to download music from their client. The music industry has, however, not shown any interest in Limewire proposal.

“While this is not our ideal path, we hope to work with the music industry in moving forward,” the spokeswoman said by e-mail. “We look forward to embracing necessary changes and collaborating with the entire music industry in the future.”

Tuesdays court order is a huge victory for the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), which has been trying to shut down LimeWire for quite some time.

(via IDG News)