Please be Patient, and Check ALL these postings often. We are sorting out over 20,000 Screen captures representing thousands of research hours. The history of CNET/CBS Interactive promoting Piracy software is staggering. Over 1,000 different software offerings, Several hundred instances of mentioning copyright infringing uses, often with known copyrighted songs or famous band names. Although some of these pages are ten years old, you must remember that CNET has been distributing LimeWire software since at least February 2001.
We have substantial evidence going right up until the year 2011. Moreover, just since CBS bought CNET, they have distributed over 50,000,000 downloads of LimeWire alone! Keep in mind as you review this evidence, "What was CNET's Intent?"
Other Archived Pages from the "Internet Wayback Machine" used for the above ZDNET Feature Article promoting open Piracy with LIVE links to the software offerings described. Read these and ask yourself, "What was ZDnet's Intent?"
Click the Image below to see those details. ( Source; Ziff Davis 2000)
Now why is that Important? Because CNET was one of the PRIMARY distributors of the ICQ instant message/chat software. This ICQ "Instant Messaging" software spread like wildfire across the early internet. Not only could a user have various Live Chat and Message choices, but the system allowed one to one "FILE SHARING".
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The next CNET article, just below, was published in March 1999, months before Napster's birth! This will show you how CNET was promoting Piracy before anyone ever knew it existed. What is CNET really saying in those first few lines?
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REMEMBER: CNET is a Billion Dollar Corporation! CNET is not that "Cool Guy" that tells you it's okay to download music. This is a Billion Dollar Corporation engaged in a big money making venture. Think about that, and look at the NEXT part of this article published months before anyone knew what Napster or MP3's were.
The Net is brimming with MP3 audio files, but finding them can be a chore. Though the number of Web-based MP3 search engines is growing, real MP3 diggers need something stronger--software that scours the Net for music files.
( Downloaded at LEAST 367,000 times, that's just up until December 12, 2001 from CNET's Download.com)