According to CNET, last week P2P network eDonkey announced that they will settle a copyright infringement lawsuit with the RIAA for $300 million and completely close the site. eDonkey2000 users prompted to update their software were forced to watch the product uninstall after initiating the update and visitors to the website are met with a message displaying visitor IP addresses and warning internet users that they are not anonymous online.
In August it was discovered that Kazaa settled with RIAA for $115 million and though still operational, P2P application Limewire is currently facing a $476 million lawsuit, which is expected to go to court next month.
Since the original Napster fallout many file sharers have drifted toward other sources, like the non-node-connected BitTorrent protocol, which allow users to download files from multiple sources at the same time. The legality of many currently existing programs is still being decided, but some experts are now speculating that after years of fighting costly lawsuits it's possible that conventional peer-to-peer networks may be coming to an end.