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FilmOn's Alki David Sues CBS, CNET (Again) For Profiting From Copyright Infringement

Posted by: , 17:18 AEDT, Fri November 18, 2011

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Lawsuit alleging, and its parent CBS, actively encouraged copyright infringement by distributing LimeWire is back on, after FilmOn founder Alki David re-files lawsuit with more plaintiffs

As promised, the founder of FilmOn has restarted his lawsuit against CNET's for hosting the download for the LimeWire software, after he originally and voluntarily withdrew from a similar lawsuit back in July.

At that time, David promised to re-file to include more plaintiffs to the list, and it appears this has now occurred, and the Justice 4 Artists Coalition has been added to the lawsuit

The suit centers on David's claim that and its parents CBS/CNEt, one of the main distributors of the LimeWire software, profited from this act. LimeWire was ruled illegal earlier in the year. David claims that by promoting and distributing LimeWire, and telling users how to use the software, CBS/CNET are complicit in mass copyright infringement committed by LimeWire users, which the music industry says could have cost them as much as $75 Trillion in damages.

David may have his own private agenda in pursuing the lawsuit against CBS, after the company sued David's FilmOn for copyright infringement. CBS and other major rights holders sued FilmOn for re-broadcasting over-the-air TV broadcasts without permission, with the judge eventually issuing a temporary injunction against FilmOn.

But for now, David promised to expand the lawsuit even further by adding even more plaintiffs as the case proceeds. "Many more rights-holders are coming forward representing tens of thousands of more intellectual properties but the verification process for identifying ownership is long and detailed, so we will keep on adding as we go," David added.


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