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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > CBS And CNET Sued for LimeWire Distribution

CBS And CNET Sued for LimeWire Distribution

CBS And CNET Sued for LimeWire Distribution

Added: Saturday, May 7th, 2011
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Ridiculous Criminal Trials
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
Alki David, the owner of FilmOn.com, has organized a coalition of music and movie artists claiming that CBS Interactive Inc., as well as CNET Networks, Inc., were the largest source for LimeWire and other peer-to-peer clients, which means that they are therefore responsible for the “mass-scale copyright violation” P2P clients are liable for.

FilmOn.com owner is now leading a coalition of artists in another class action lawsuit against CBS and CNET for massive copyright violation. The lawsuit was filed in LA federal court, claiming that CBS Interactive Inc. and CNET Networks, Inc. directly participate in massive copyright violation on peer-to-peer systems, committed through the now defunct LimeWire.

The lawsuit mentions that back in 2010 District Judge ruled that LimeWire had committed copyright violation, had been engaged in unfair competition, and even encouraged others to violate the law. In October 2010, the P2P application faced permanent injunction, as well as responsibility for billions of dollars in damages.

Alki David accused CBS Interactive and CNET of acting as the “major distributor” of LimeWire file-sharing client and of promoting other peer-to-peer systems in order to profit from massive copyright violation. The first allegations were made in December 2010, and then were followed by the announcement of the formation of a class action lawsuit in 2011. David admitted that he saw nothing illegal about file-sharing software, but did see illegal in distributing such applications in order to infringe on copyright. He also pointed at video clips featuring a number of CNET representatives (and “paid employees of CBS”) advocating the use of unauthorized DRM-circumvention software.

The lawsuit claims that CBS and CNET have been the largest source for such P2P clients as LimeWire and FrostWire, which makes them responsible for the infringement theses the clients are liable for. The plaintiffs complain that unauthorized file-sharing via LimeWire has led to huge damage to the entertainment community. Currently more and more creative content owners are reported to join the lawsuit in question, turning it into the most significant copyright violation case around that will make sure that such large corporations as CBS Interactive and CNET won’t profit from copyright infringement.

May 7th,2011

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Date:  Saturday, May 7th, 2011

Comments (8) (please add your comment »)

posted by ET lover (2011-05-08 23:35:42)
SyKoTiK avatarThis is probably the most ridiculous case I've read about. Suing a company like CNET or CBS because they distributed the software that was used for both legal and illegal purposes is like someone trying to sue a company like HP, DELL, Sony, ASUS, Toshiba, Acer, or even Apple because their computers were used to RUN the software that was used for both legal and illegal purposes. It kind of sounds like the whole "guilty by association" issue.

In any case, why is it that someone would go after companies for distributing Limewire -- one of the most outdated and worthless P2P clients still being used for some unclear reason -- when other clients, which are more widely used and are still being distributed, like uTorrent, BitTorrent, Frostwire, etc. are being distributed through an almost countless number of sources, are being used by more people than Limewire could have ever achieved, and are being used to distribute more copyrighted material than has ever been available through a client like Limewire?

Now, don't get me wrong. I have no problem with any of the clients, people using them, or what's being distributed through them (as you can guess by the fact that I'm an encoder myself). What I DO have a problem with is these morons picking their targets so blindly and ending up causing more harm than the amount of help they provide.

It's so easy in this day and age to file a lawsuit against anyone for almost anything, and it shouldn't be that way. There should be some form of new legislature that results in there being so much paperwork, time, and effort having to be given to file a lawsuit that almost nobody will file them anymore. Basically the same thing that was done for bankruptcy. Make people really have to work for it, because if they want it bad enough they'll still do it. It'll just take longer and make it more justifiable (hopefully).

posted by (2011-05-09 02:04:45)
No avatarjust another nobody looking to make a fast but ilegal buck .
but don`t worry the judges will see through it O yes they will

posted by ET junkieET loverTurtle (2011-05-10 20:00:08)
fusseltier avatarits the internets fault, shut it down. maybe dell, apple, hp, etc should be sued since they make computers and people use computers to use the net.

posted by (2011-05-11 15:52:14)
geology_guy avatarROTFLMAO! A case of the money hungry sharks attacking one of their own!

posted by (2011-05-12 00:44:02)
C0ldFire avatarI am pro P2P but if the MPAA, RIAA and DHS has gone after Lime wire, has done domain seizures and anybody who host files are all been sued, why not sue these big distributors for hosting these types of softwares, it would only make it fair and everyone gets an equal share of blame!

posted by (2011-05-12 02:09:00)
CNET's new "Editors Note" On P2P Software.
You will be taken to a third-party site to complete your download. Using P2P and file-sharing software to distribute copyrighted material without authorization is illegal in the United States and many other countries. CBS Interactive does not encourage or condone the illegal duplication or distribution of copyrighted content.

Read more: Tixati - Free software downloads and software reviews - CNET Download.com

posted by (2011-05-12 03:32:27)
No avatar1st of all to the person that said alki david is a nobody he is a billonair and the reason hes sueing them is because they was sueing him for his 1 site called filmon .com he has another site called battlecam so get your story str8 before u comment on him look him up on google and when they found out about him counter sueing they took off all of the p2p dloads from cnet

posted by (2011-05-14 00:21:22)
C0ldFire avatar^Waaaat? Who and What ??

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