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CNET Piracy Lawsuit Dismissed, But CNET Not Celebrating

Posted by: , 17:42 AEST, Wed July 6, 2011

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FilmOn founder Alki David's lawsuit against CNET has been voluntarily dismissed, but maybe only because David may plan to add more plaintiffs to the lawsuit that claims CNET and CBS helped to facilitate piracy by offering LimeWire for download

The parties suing CNET has asked the judge to voluntarily dismiss the case, but before CNET celebrates, the reason for the dismissal may mean more bad news in the near future.

Back in early May, the founder of FilmOn, Alki David, launched his own lawsuit against CNET for promoting the file sharing software, LimeWire. In what appeared at the time to be a "revenge" lawsuit, after CNET's parent company CBS had sued David and FilmOn for copyright infringement, David claims by allowing millions of people to download the LimeWire software from CNET's website, CNET, and CBS, was in turn fueling the "Internet Piracy Phenomenon".

David and Co. withdrawal of the lawsuit seems to indicate a victory for CNET, but it may only be a temporary one, as the plaintiffs' reason for withdrawal is related to how much attention the lawsuit has gotten. Apparently, many others wanted to sign up to the lawsuit, and the lawsuit may be re-filed at a later time with more plaintiffs, and more than just the current 6 movie and music titles that the lawsuit claims CNET helped to pirate (via LimeWire).

If the plaintiffs re-file, then it could mean a larger problem for CNET and CBS, and potentially, they could be charged with facilitating the pirated download of thousands of movie and music titles. Or this could all be just a face-saving attempt by David and Co. to withdraw on their own terms, before silently dropping the matter altogether.

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