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Piracy case against CNET and CBS not so massive

A federal lawsuit against CNET and CBS seems to have fallen a bit flat after the plaintiff managed to cite just six files which had been illegally downloaded using P2P software Limewire.

Billionaire film producer Alki David and a consortium of rappers we've never heard of accused the two web giants of "promoting copyright infringement on a massive scale" last month by providing 220 million downloads of the file-sharing application.

The plaintiffs are required by US law to provide a list of the works which had been stolen in order to press the case and it turns out that 'massive' means 'six' in the minds of David and his cohorts.

According to Wired, the full list contains just one movie, a third-rate rip-off of eighties mermaid movie Splash called Fishtales, which flopped about as hard as the main character's nether-regions - and was directed by one Alkiviades David - and six obscure rap tunes none of which have actually been registered for copyright.

It's pretty safe to say that CBS and CNET will hardly be quaking in their boots, although theoretically they could still end up with a $900,000 bill based on the maximum $150,000 per work damages allowable, if the case isn't laughed out of court.

Limewire recently shut up shop for good after settling a $105 million lawsuit based on nearly ten thousand illegally-shared files.