Victims of CBS and CNET have another reason to rejoice–Friday, Federal Judge Dale S. Fischer denied the CBS and CNET.com the motion to dismiss the mass online privacy claims against them, according to MarketWatch. According to the site, the claims for vicarious liability against them were denied, but the inducement claim was upheld. Also, Fisher allowed Alki David,FilmOn.com founder/CEO and leader of the crusade against CBS and CNET, and his coalition of artists to amend their vicarious liability claims at a later date.
David is very pleased with the outcome. “Our evidence will show that not only do they have vicarious liability but CNET actually embedded links from their web pages to thousands of known copyrighted songs. That puts a giant “I” on inducement,” said David in a statement immediately after the ruling. David also added in another statement that the win is big for artists and copyright owners. “This sets the precedent for other Artists and Copyright owners who’s work has been illegally distributed by Limewire, Bittorrent, Frostwire and the billions of copies of P2P software which CBS continues to induce people to download and steal,” said David.
David et al.’s representation, Jaime Marquart of Baker Marquart, also said, “the focus of the case now shifts from the question of liability to the question of damages for our many plaintiffs.”
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