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Alki David v CBS Interactive Complaint Take 2

Alki David v CBS Interactive Complaint Take 2

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Complaint alleging copyright infringement against Download.com, CBS Interactive and CNET for offering P2P software.
Complaint alleging copyright infringement against Download.com, CBS Interactive and CNET for offering P2P software.

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ALKIVIADESDAVID,SUGARHILLCASENO.-MUSIC,SOLIDPRODUCTIONS,STEVENBATIZ,TONYBELL,DETRONBENDROSS,DERRICKBRAXTON,REGINALDBROOKS,ELIJAHBROWN,HORACEBROWN,OSCARBROWN,LUTHERCAMPBELL,JONATHANCARLTON,SOLOMONCONNER,DAYQUANDAVIS,DOUGLASDAVIS,KAREEMDAVIS,SOLAMINDAVIS,EMMANUELRAMONEDEANDA,DREWCARTER,NACOLBIEEDWARDS,VANCITOEDWARDSJOHNFLETCHER,WILLIEFINCH,ISAACFREEMAN,JR.,DARRYLGIBSON,JALILHUTCHINS,EMANONJOHNSON,KEITHJONES,ORAN"JUICE"JONES,TARSHAJONES,NAILAHLAMEES,DANAMCClEESE,BARRYMOODY,JEFFREDD,QUAMERILEY,ANTHONYROBINSON,NICHOLASSANCHEZ,JONATHANSHINHOSTER,DIAMONDSMITH,REMINISCESMITH,GERALDSPENCE,CHRISSTOKESIRENESTOKESJUANITACONIPLAINTFOR:
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INDUCEMENTOFCOPYRIGHTINFRINGEMENT;
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CONTRIBUTORYCOPYRIGHTINFRINGEMENT;and
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VICARIOUSCOPYRIGHTINFRINGEMENTJURYTRIALDEMANDED
AMENDEDCOMPLAINT
 
Plaintiffs,fortheirComplaintagainstDefendantsCBSInteractiveInc.("CBSInteractive")andCNETNetworks,Inc.("CNET,"collectivelywithCBS18Interactive,the"Defendants"),allegeasfollows:19
SUMMARYOFTHEACTION
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171.Overthelastdecade,countlesswebsitesand"filesharing"orpeer-to-peer("P2P")softwareprograms-fromNapster,in2001,toLimeWirein2010-22havebeensuedintooblivionbecauseamultitudeofcourtshavefoundthatthey23wereessentiallyenginesofinfringement,designedwiththespecificaimof24knowinglyencouraging,inducingand/orassistingothersindirectcopyright25infringementofartists'works,andprofitingthereby.Asaresultoftheselawsuits,
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anoverwhelmingnumberofthesefile-sharingsitesarenowcompletelyinactiveand27theirfoundingcompaniesarebankrupt.Yet,formostifnotallofthistime,one
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1STOKES,WILLIAMTENNYSON2ANDTHETENNYSONESTATE,CARLTHOMAS,JEFFTHOMKINS,3RONDELLTURNER,ruCKYWALTERS,KEVINWILLIAMS,
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YOLANDAWHITAKE,JOSEPHWILLIAMS,RAHEEMWILLIAMS,
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CASEWOODWARD,ATTRELL6ANDJARRETTCORDES,MITCHELLGRAHAM7Plaintiffs,8vs.910CBSINTERACTIVEINC.,CNETNETWORKS,INC.Defendants.2021
COMPLAINT
 
1particulargroupofbusinesses-ledbyDefendantsCBSInteractiveandCNET-2haveknowinglyandwillinglyparticipatedinandprofitedmightilyfromthesame3massiveinfringementthatengenderedlargecopyrightsuitsagainstNapsterand4LimeWireandthatultimatelycrippledthemfinancially.Andtheyhavedoneso5withimpunity.Infact,becausetheyownedanumberofthemostheavily-visited6sitesintheworldfordownloadingsoftwareofalltypes,Defendantsdidmoreto7furtherthismassiveinfringementthanNapsterorLimeWireevercouldbyfalsely8legitimizingitandpopularizingittothemasses.Asrecentlyas2010,onecould9accessalegitimateportionofDefendants'sitesanddownloadnon-infringing,10licensedsoftwaresuchasQuickbooksaccountingsoftwareorAdobeAcrobat,and11could
duringthesameshoppingsession
downloadtheLimeWireinfringement12engine,whichwasclearlyintendedtobedownloadedforinfringingpurposes.This13ambiguityworkedevenfurthertoDefendants'advantagebymakingitseemtothe14casualconsumerthataLimewiredownloadhadthesamelegitimacyasadownload15oflicensedofficesoftware.Inessence,Defendantshavetakenmusicpiracyfromthe16dormroomtotheboardroom.Thus,whileothercompaniesfacedheavystatutory17penaltiesandwentbankrupt,andmusiclabelsbandedtogethertolevypractically18unconscionablepenaltiesonunemployedcollegestudentsandhousewives,19Defendantsquietlymadebillionsbyinducingthosesameindividualstobreakthe20law,byprovidingthemthesoftwaretodoit,andthenbygivingeventheleast21computer-savvyastep-by-stepguideastohowtodoit.NoonehasheldDefendant22accountableforthis.Untilnow.232.Foroveradecade,Defendantshaveshamelesslydistributedavastarray24ofP2Psoftwareprograms("P2Pclients")totheglobalpublicforfree,includingthe25nownotoriousLimeWiresoftwareaswellmanyofthemostpopularand26controversialP2Pclients,includingKaZaa,Morpheus,BitComet,AudioGalaxyand27Frostwire.Atalltimes,DefendantsknewthattheseP2Pclientswereusedprimarily28forpurposesofcopyrightinfringementandinmanycaseswereactuallydesigned
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