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More Rappers Join Class Action Lawsuit Against CBS and CNET Over Illegal File Trading Services

(AllHipHop News) Singers, songwriters and performing artists alike are collaborating with Internet media mogul Alki David to file a massive copyright infringement lawsuit, claiming CBS subsidiaries CNET and CBS Interactive possibly earned billions by distributing illegal file trading software.

The complaint is being spearheaded by Alki David and the Justice for Artists Coalition (www.justart.net, to fight for the justice of artists across the world.

David claims that CNET and CBS Interactive fostered and popularized the piracy of copyrighted works.

“CBS Interactive has made billions by inducing the public to break the law, by providing them the file-sharing software and step-by-step guides, on exactly how to do it,” Alki David said in a press release. “No one has held Defendant accountable for this. Until now.”

David accuses CBS Interactive and CNET of maintaining an ongoing criminal enterprise by distributing peer-to-peer file-sharing software and DRM removal software.

The lawsuit claims the illegal software came with many detailed reviews and tips on how to use the applications to copy known protected intellectual properties.

Artists victimized include Lady Gaga, Snoop Dogg, Ludacris, Madonna and Britney Spears, PM Dawn, Slick Rick, Ron Brows, Sugar Hill Music, Luther Campbell aka Luke Skywalker, Pretty Ricky, Dough E Fresh, H-Town and many others.

“We have only scratched the surface. Many more rights-holders are coming forward representing tens of thousands of more intellectual properties but the verification process for identifying ownership is long and detailed, so we will keep on adding as we go,” said Alki David.

  • in other news, the artists are ready to sue the internet for providing the means to bootleg….

  • R_REAL_TALK

    GET OVER IT IF THEY DIDNT WANT TO PAY FOR THE ALBUM THAT MUST SHOW THE ARTIST HO GOT BOOTLEG WHAT PEOPLE REALLY THINK OF THEM NOW DAYS I WOULD DO THE SAME GIVEN THESE ARTIST D?AME NEAR 20 DOLLAR FOR A ALBUM THATS WORTH  99 CENT WITH EVERY SONG SOUNDING THE SAME TELL ME RICK ROSS MAYBACH ALBUM DOESINT SOUND THE SAME EVERY TRACK WITH THESE LAME CHIMES AND STRINGS N SS?HIT IN THE MUSIC JUST DISRESPECTED REAL HIP HOP WITH BB?ULLSS?HITT AND SNOOP YOU NEED TO SIT YOUR SKINNY AA?SS DOWN CAUSE ALL YOU GONNA DO WITH YOUR SETTLEMENT IS BLOW IT ON WEED NN?IGGA LOOK TO ALL THE ARTIST YALL GOT 2 CHOICES CAUSE IT WONT STOP. EITHER THE BOOTLEG SOFTWARE OR THE 5 DOLLAR CD MAN EITHER WAY YALL COMING UP OFF THAT WACK CD THAT ALL OF A SUDDEN IS YOUR BEST WORK IN YEARS YEAH RIGHT

    P.S HOPE YA HAD A HORRIBLE WEEKEND????

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  • Im going to bootleg they shit until someone puts out some worth buying

  • artist just need to accept the fact that we live in a world full of scumbags that think they have the right to steal from you, and invest what lil money they do get into products that cant be available on a torrent site

    take that tour money and invest in real estate, or do like 50 and invest in vitamin water, or do like em and get an endorsment deal with brisk iced tea, or chrysler etc etc

    We live in a world where casey anthony killed her baby for a night out at the club, a world where jerry sandusky raped a lil boy and penn state covered it up to protect there season, how surprised can you be when people in a place this fucked up steal from you??/………… its par for the course

  • Asheley986

    @readers:disqus  my classmate’s mom makes $72 every hour on the internet. She has been unemployed for 3 months but last month her paycheck was $8728 just working on the internet for a few hours. Read about it on this site  http://smlk.es/Cash

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  • dwayne edwards

    Can’t stop people if they want to buy it they will jus like movies if they want to go see it if its good they will keep making good music ya wouldn’t have to worry abt it millions of artist go gold and platium all the time everybody can’t sell even in the old day b4 internet recorder tapes anybody?

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  • sounds like some broke people want some money

    • Zom

      agreed

    • I dont think too many people listed above are actually broke..

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  • Been complaining about copyright infringements for years. It most certainly has hurt the industry all the way up to the government filing clerk with fees.

  • leftlanekb

    Everybody who got some negative shit to say about this article is full of shit. If someone stole from you, you would do the same. And anybody complaining about the cost of cd’s need to listen up, IF YOU CAN NOT AFFORD TO BUY A CD THEN YOU DON’T NEED IT! Also you might want to get a better job and stay off allhiphop wasting time (smdh)  or change your hobby cause listening to music aint for you.

    Now thats real talk!

  • E Scalez

    The lawsuit would be much better served focusing on the DRM removal software as opposed to P2P applications, as there are legitimate legal uses for these programs by which the creators and suppliers can hardly be held accountable for misuse.  DRM removal, on the other hand, is strictly an application that undermines a safeguard that is in place to prevent misuse.  

  • TheReaEmajor_on_twitter

    This is going to be a bad look 4 frostwire and bit torrent sites…..getcha issue while it last, watch all your online movies for free now cuzz they are about to go HAM on everything of tht nature if we(Artist) win this 1

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  • brotha_man

    translation: white music business exec are suing, because they are the ones that own the artist music and names. Young Dro = 3krazy , tity boi = 2 chains, snoop doggy dog = snoop dog = snoop lion, any artist on bad boy and cash money