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Alki David has dropped his lawsuit against CBS Interactive for offering P2P programs like Limewire on its subsidiary websites. But the legal dispute may not be over. In a notice of voluntary dismissal submitted to a California federal court, the plaintiff says he’s in the process of filing a much bigger amended lawsuit.
In May, David, whose company FilmOn is the subject of ongoing litigation brought by major broadcast networks, led a number of hip-hop artists including members of 2 Live Crew and Ying Yang Twins in a legal action against CBS.
The plaintiffs claimed that users on CBS websites such as CNET downloaded more than 220 million copies of LimeWire, which allegedly constituted 95% of all LimeWire downloads. The plaintiffs alleged that CBS received “massive amounts of revenue from P2P providers.”
David’s lawyer told us he purposely left off a list of materials alleged to be infringed by CBS because he knew he would need to amend those allegations at a later date. The judge later demanded it, and eventually, the plaintiffs came up with just one movie and five songs.
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