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CASENO.COMPLAINTFOR:
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1Plaintiffs,fortheirComplaintagainstDefendantsCBSInteractiveInc.("CBS2Interactive")andCNETNetworks,Inc.("CNET,"collectivelywithCBS3Interactive,the"CBSDefendants"),LimeWireLLC("LW"),andLimeGroupLLC4("LimeGroup,"collectivelywithLW,the"LimeWireDefendants"),allegeas5follows:71.ThisactionarisesfromDefendants'directcontributiontoand8participationinmassivecopyrightinfringementofPlaintiffs'worksonpeer-to-peer9("P2P")systems.LimeWireisthemostnotoriousofthesesystemsinrecentyears.10LimeWireanditsprincipalswerefoundliableforcopyrightinfringementona11virtuallyunprecedentedscalein2010andenjoinedfromfurtherinfringingactivities12byafederalCourt.132.TheCBSDefendantshavebeenthemamdistributorofLimeWire14softwareandhavepromotedthisandotherP2Psystemsinordertodirectlyprofit15fromwide-scalecopyrightinfringement.Internetusershavedownloadedmorethen
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copiesofLimeWiresoftwarefromtheCBSDefendants'website,found17atDownload.com,since2008.Thisconsisted95percentormoreofallcopiesof18LimeWirethatweredownloadeduntilLimeWirewasshutdownbyCourtOrder.19Download.comalsowasamajorsourceforotherP2Psoftwareapplications,20includingMorpheus(174milliondownloads),iMesh(115milliondownloads),and21FrostWire(32milliondownloads).TheCBSDefendantsreceivedmassiveamounts22ofrevenuefromP2Pprovidersona"payperdownload"basisandalsofrom23advertisingrevenuesgeneratedbyadvertisementsplacedonthedownloadscreenfor24P2Psoftware.TheCBSDefendants'businessmodelhasbeensodependentupon25P2PandfilesharingapplicationsthatentirepagesofDownload.comaredesigned26specificallytolistandcategorizethesesoftwareofferings.Infact,theCBS27Defendantswerewellawarethatthesesoftwareapplicationswereused28
 
1overwhelmingtoinfringewhentheyfirstpartneredwithLimeWireandotherP2P2providers,butignoreditinexchangeforasteadystreamofincome.33.TheCBSDefendantshavenotjustdistributedandprofitedfrom4softwareapplicationsusedtoinfringecopyrightsonamassivescale.Theyalso5furnishedarticlesandothercontentthatexplainedhowuserscoulduseP2Psoftware6toinfringe.Oncnet.com,Download.com,andotherwebsites,theCBSDefendants7offeredvideos,articlesandothermediathatinstructedhowtouseP2Psoftwareto8locatepiratedcopiesofcopyrightedworksandremoveelectronicprotectionsplaced9ondigitalmusicfilesinordertopreventinfringement.104.Plaintiffsareartistswhoworkinthefieldsofmusicandfilm.They11wrote,produced,distributed,soldand/orlicensedsongs,moviesandother12copyrightedworksthathavebeeninfringedbyDefendants,includingwithout13limitationthroughDefendants'distributionandpromotionofP2Psoftwarethathas14beenusedtocopyanddistributePlaintiffs'works.Defendantsmustcompensate15Plaintiffsforthedamagestheycausedandbeorderedtoceasefutureinfringement.16JURISDICTIONANDVENUE175.TheCourthassubjectmatterjurisdictionovertheclaimsasserted18hereinpursuantto28U.S.C.§§1331and1338(a).196.TheCourthaspersonaljurisdictionoverDefendantsbecauseeach20residesand/ormaybefoundinCalifornia,doessystematicandcontinuousbusiness21inCalifornia,andhasperformedactsdirectedatandcausingharminCalifornia22whichgiverisetothisComplaint.237.VenueisproperinthisDistrictpursuantto28U.S.C.§1391(b),(c)and2428U.S.C.§1400(a).
COMPLAINT
2526PARTIESPlaintiffsarethelegalandbeneficialownersofcopyrightedworksthat.27havebeeninfringedbyDefendants.28

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