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Even as the LimeWire damages case grinds its way through the courts, a group of film and music artists led by wealthy film producer and founder of Alki David are suing CBS Interactive and CNET for distributing the LimeWire application. LimeWire, whose service was killed off by the US District Court last year, was …


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  1. Ray Simard


    Can anyone remember any time in fairly recent history when any one single industry has been this successful at leading the government around by the nose?

    1. Anonymous Coward
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      Cars, banks, you name it

      Government Motors and a bank led by one Fred Goodwin come to mind...

    2. thecakeis(not)alie

      Three words:

      Military Industrial Complex

  2. Winkypop Silver badge

    Yeah maybe....

    ..I might have downloaded stuff, but you know I got over it pretty darn quick.

    The quality of the shite produced by Hollywood these days is abysmal.

    Can I sue someone for that?

  3. Stu_The_Jock

    Hmm . . I have an idea

    Maybe "I" will sue all the oil companies in theworld for making petrol (Gas for US readers), after all without it NO ONE would be able to speed in a car, commit road rage, death by dangerous driving . . . the list goes on. I could act as US style lawyer for a class action case against them all, and sue for a kersqiullion dollars per person injured / killed / upset my vehichles powered by an infernal explosion machine. Of course I'll be modest and only claim 75% of winnings, plus fees, handling charges etc etc etc

    1. Tom 13


      That would be "gasoline" for US readers. "Gas" is ambiguous and could refer to either the stuff you put in most automobiles or to the stuff that gets pumped into your house for heating, cooking, and possibly drying your clothes.

  4. Drefsab


    I wonder just how many of those downloads was because the people using lime wire got infect with some kind of virus and ended up having to reinstall their system. I love though how downloading the application itself somehow means you used it to download copyrighted material, sure we all know a lot of people did but then so did a lot of people using FTP clients, we dont see them going after cuteftp. I remember the days people used email to share their copyrighted files, and websites with direct HTTP downloads, does that mean microsoft and netscape should be sued as well?

    1. sisk


      Don't give them any ideas. RIAA and MPAA just might try it.

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Paris Hilton

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    Well there's 20 minutes of my life I won't get back...Fine, most accept that piracy hurts the content owners but if you're going to take legal recourse at least stick to one solid argument you can win.

    Alki's case is poorly constructed - trotting out age old fallacies such as 1 download equals one lost sale. It features deliberate edits of video clips and screen grabs - displayed out of context.

    I wouldn't bet on him winning any substantial damages from cnet based on that selective "evidence".

    I certainly didn't see anything that was presented by Alki that would convince me that cnet had actively encouraged people to share files illegally.

    On a seperate note - to all reg readers outside the UK I'd like to make it perfectly clear that although Alki sounds like he's English - he really isn't. Also, to call himself an actor is being a bit economical with the actualité.

    Paris, cos she could sue me

  6. Magnus_Pym

    Radio-cassette recorders

    Didn't the law find that although radio-cassette records where almost always used for copyright infringement that was not there only purpose so it was OK to sell them and that the user was to blame for any wrong doing? How is this different?

    1. Anonymous Coward
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      The difference is...

      That when tapes were used the quality of the music/film was pretty high and the companies made decent money. Now that they are churning out total crap at the rate of 5 or 6 films/songs a second no one wants to actually pay money to see/listen to them, so they don't and the recording industry needs to scrimp and save (and sue) to make sure it can still afford to send its manufactured blow job queen off to Rio in a private jet to sing a song written by some fat, lazy, untalented writer who hasn't had an original idea since the mid 70s.

  7. Anonymous Coward

    Ah LimeWire/FrostWire

    gotta love 'em.

    Gives the kiddies something to play with to distract the authorities from the good stuff.

  8. Elmer Phud

    WTF indeed

    "a group of film and music artists led by wealthy film producer "

    Should read 'not nearly as stinking rich as would like to be' or 'miffed that he hasn't been able to maximise the potential from the public'

  9. Purlieu

    re: Radio-cassette recorders

    It was twin-cassette machines that were targetted, and yes, Binatone was sued and lost !!

    The result was that a levy was placed on all blank media sold in the UK to compensate rights holders, though you can guess how many actually got paid.

    I believe that levy is still in place. They shot themselves since the levy being paid, you now have the "right" to make a copy.

    Again there was no distinction between you copying the latest Yes LP and you performing your own composition, a distinction which even today fails to be made by "big media"

    1. mark 63 Silver badge

      levy? we dont need no stinking levy!

      The levys still being paid? on a 30p DVD?


      I'm being quietly and slowkly mugged . Not that i use any blank media anymore..

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Isn't the UK one of the few countries without a blank media levy?

      Wikipedia says so:

  10. Anonymous South African Coward Bronze badge
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    Never will let you go...

    It's like the - one head get lopped off, two grow in its place.

    Piracy/copying/file sharing will never stop. They'll just find new ways and means...

    ...resulting in more restrictive DRM junk getting bundled with software/etc

  11. David Lawrence

    And in other news.....

    Gun shops were sued by all families that had lost loved ones in firearms 'incidents'.

    W H Smiths were sued for selling blank CDs and DVDs (only ever used to copy stuff illegally, apparently)

    Ford were sued by all families that had lost loved ones under the wheels of their vehicles

    BAE Systems were sued by all families..........

    (repeat ad nauseam)

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      And in other news

      Some of that has actually happened in the past.,2933,75768,00.html

      The difference is that on those occasions the cases were either thrown out or throughly lost.

  12. Gort Watches

    People make responsible decisions, not programs

    Computers don't make morally or legally responsible decisions to copy, sue, rape, or kill. Nor does Limewire or other computer program. If someone used a cellphone location to stalk a person with intent to harm, who is responsible? -the phone manufacturer? programmer? Sales person? Government who launched GPS satellites-victim for having location enabled? Etc! No! Only the one lone morally compromised individual is responsible. People who illegally copy material are solely and individually responsible for their decisions to do so, not the bystanders with more money for greedy lawyers to attempt to steal from.

    1. Peter 82

      yep people should be responsible

      I agree with this.

      But, the person (or company) who makes software that is intended to be used to break the law (low orbit ion cannon? sony DRM on cd's) should be held responsible.

      I don't know in the case of limewire but CNET had nothing to do with it.

      As far as CNET was concerned this was a legal free piece of software that it's users could download.

      1. me n u
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        but you miss the point...

        CNET (and CBS) has (have) deep pockets,so they get sued. Notice no one is going after the end users because it's far too much trouble to do that (even if they could). And how much extortion could ever be squeezed from individuals (there's no paycheck using this strategy).

        I would expect this case to be tossed. Should it make it to trial the jurors should see through this scam (but, there are some pretty damn stupid people who sit on juries)

        I believe everyone should sue everyone else for every dumb reason imaginable. (Will this crap ever end?)

      2. Richard Taylor 2
        Paris Hilton

        Just remember kids

        Software does not infringe copyright, people infringe copyright.....

        (Paris for no other reason than that this would probably be an intelligible line of argument to the gal)

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      Spot on!

  13. Alex Walsh


    Presumably it was the CNET owned domain rather than the actual CNET site itself?

  14. Alfred

    Can we sue Ford

    Can we sue Ford for making cars that were subsequently used in the execution of crimes?

  15. JC 2

    The Obvious Next Step

    The obvious next step is a lawsuit against the copyright holders for producing the content which by existing, allowed anyone to pirate it.

  16. Anonymous Coward


    Well, that explains a lot about this case....

  17. Tim Bates

    Copying levy?

    Something I've always wondered... In countries where a CD/DVD piracy levy is charged, can you claim it back if you're a person that creates content and uses recordable media because it's low volume? What about if you're a person that owns a direct to DVD camcorder and uses blank DVDs to record their family holidays?

    The above is not intended as a serious question - just wanting to add a point about presumed piracy.

  18. NightFox


    Can I also sue for the amount of Saturday afternoons I've lost reinstalling Windows on my nephews' laptop after they'd yet again infected it with the latest greatest malware courtesy of Limewire?

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