CNET and CBS Sued For Encouraging Millions of Downloaders To Use Limewire For Mass Piracy

Two popular web portals are being hauled before a Los Angeles Federal Court accused of promoting piracy on a massive scale by encouraging people to use well-known P2P clients to steal copyrighted material, according to thinq_

A coalition of artists in music and film is accusing CNET and CBS Interactive of widespread copyright infringement.

The suit, which also names the companies behind Limewire as defendants, insists that the accused outfits were responsible for billions of illegal downloads of music and other media because they hosted and promoted the use of peer to peer (P2P) clients like Limewire and Frostwire for piracy.

"Illegal file sharing through LimeWire has caused enormous damage to everyone who is trying to make a living in the entertainment community," said David. "As more and more artists join this lawsuit, it will become the most significant copyright infringement lawsuit in history. My ultimate hope is that this lawsuit will ensure that huge corporations like CBS Interactive and CNET do not profit from these wrongful activities at the expense of hard-working artists."

The two web sites mentioned in the suit are accused of hosting more than 220 million downloads of Limewire, allegedly 95 per cent of the total number distributed before the operation was shut down as the result of a recent court order.