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HissyFitWatch: Billionaire Owner of FilmOn Declares War on CBS-Viacom – “CBS You Suck”

Phillip Dampier February 17, 2011 Competition, Consumer News, HissyFitWatch, Online Video, Public Policy & Gov't, Video No Comments

British billionaire Alki David thinks Viacom, owner of CBS, is “an irresponsible hypocrite.”

After being dragged into court in New York and finding himself with an injunction, the founder of FilmOn is looking for revenge.

Claiming Viacom-owned CNET “has ruined the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in the creative community and created copyright infringement damages into the trillions of dollars,” David is considering a lawsuit against the company, which David accuses of dealing in piracy:

Has your song, movie, software or literary work been copied and distributed illegally through the file-sharing software called LimeWire? If so, and if you are interested in joining a lawsuit against CNET for its widespread distribution of LimeWire with the malicious intent to infringe on copyright, then please read on.

We are putting together a committed coalition of artists and rights owners whose movies, music, software and literary works have been pirated by LimeWire users. A U.S. District Court has already shut down LimeWire, but others who participated in its wrongdoing like CNET have not yet been made accountable.

On December 21, 2010, Leslie Moonves issued a statement to the Hollywood Reporter regarding Alki David’s “incendiary video” which was posted on YouTube and which detailed CNET/CBS Interactive’s participation in widespread, “malicious copyright infringement”. Mr. Moonves was quoted as saying that was that “He (Alki David) is hardly an expert on intellectual property rights. CNET respects such rights.”

Mr. David has just released a second video in response. The video is even more fact filled and includes a discussion by a leading copyright attorney, Michael Zeller of Quinn Emanuel.

As demonstrated in the new video and supported by Court documents, CNET.com — also known as download.com — was responsible for distributing 95.5% of all LimeWire downloads. In May 2010, U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood granted a summary judgment in favor of the music industry’s claims that LimeWire’s software maker and its founder Mark Gorton committed copyright infringement, engaged in unfair competition, and induced copyright infringement.

Mr. David said: “We are very pleased to announce that a large coalition of copyright owners, including myself, who have been harmed by CNET’s distribution of LimeWire file sharing software are working with Mr. Zeller’s firm in preparation for a lawsuit.” Mr. David added: “Mike Mozart of YouTube fame originally introduced me to CNET/Limewire connection. Since absorbing all of the evidence, it has now become an impassioned commitment to stop the injustice that still goes on today as a result of CNET’s actions.”

David’s new website, Viaconned, is the home base for his campaign against CBS.  His video, rambling at times, claims that CNET’s website recommended software that can be used to strip copyright protection mechanisms from songs, and also distributed the very file sharing software Viacom railed against for copyright infringement.

FilmOn recently had to yank most of its American network stations from the lineup of its online virtual cable system, and the service is now relegated to showing pornography, documentaries, older movies, and international channels of limited interest to most American viewers.

[flv width=”640″ height=”380″]http://www.phillipdampier.com/video/David Alki Attacks Viacom 12-2010.flv[/flv]

Alki David outlines his case against Viacom, with a little help from his friends.  (10 minutes)

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