CNET walks in copyright fiasco

One of the more bizarre software piracy cases appears to have been dropped, with rights holders to music and films giving up on it.

Filmmaker Alkiviades David and a few musicians decided that the best way to make a bob or two out of pirates was to sue the outfits which distribute P2P software.

They didn’t try to sue Bitorrent, probably because the programmers don’t have enough cash.

Instead they went for CNET, accusing it of facilitating “massive copyright infringement” by distributing peer-to-peer software.

They claimed CBS Interactive, CNET‘s publisher, illicitly profited from piracy by distributing 220 million copies of LimeWire over the website since 2008. Over  95 percent off all LimeWire downloads were downloaded from the site, or so it is said.

The case was looking like it was on its last legs last month. The plaintiffs submitted just six copyrights as infringed. Now, according to Ars Technica, David quietly dropped the suit and appears to have walked away whistling.

It’s not clear if he has given up or is just trying another strategy. Among the paper work, David’s brief, Adam Wolfson, has written that the case will be re-filed to represent more plaintiffs and “many thousands of songs and other copyrighted works”.