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! Over 250,000,000 downloads of LimeWire in Total.
Please, keep in mind as you review this evidence, "What was CNET's Intent?"
Below the official CNET Download.com "Wrapster" software download page is compared "Side by Side" with the CNET News.com article "Reporting" this scandalous new software to the world. Look at the DATES of posting for both!
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MP3 BUZZ Wrapster
What do you believe the CNET Download.com staff meant by "Share Copyrighted Material Safely"? And CNET had bought ZDNET a few months ago for 1.8 BILLION Dollars! This was not a radical teen or an idealistic College Student! This was one of the very LARGEST Multi Billion Internet Websites.
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Of course, as with most software, the CNET Download.com's button was clearly on the front page of the "PeerGenius" website!
What do YOU think the Editorial Focus of ZDNET Music was from this List of "How To" guides as ZDNET was being sold to CNET for more than 1.5 Billion Dollars?
Also, look at the URL, GameSpot.com, ZDNET featured the "Music Center" on Gamespot. Why? To appeal to the historic target market of "Music Buyers", Teens? I'd image that a majority of these viewers were 13-15? Minors? Encouraging minors to commit downloading, copyright crimes? YOU DECIDE!
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Another Popular software download site, SourceForge, was designed for professional software designers rather than the general public. The downloads were offered for download without promoting them for copyright infringing purposes.
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Of Course, CNET categorized P2P File Sharing Software in the "Mp3 Finders" Category, in spite of the fact the software was suitable for sharing many other types of files. When reviewed by CNET staff, the focus was, for years, only on the prowess of each P2P offering, such as Kazaa and LimeWire in procuring only MP3's and known copyrighted music.
The Intent that P2P software being Distributed for Music Piracy can be plainly seen below. An "Mp3 Insider File Sharing SmackDown Test" is promoted in a banner across the middle of the "CNET Music Center" Landing Page.
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ZDNET and Cnet were "Distributing from in-house servers" Literally 10's of MILLIONS of p2p Software downloads each and EVERY MONTH during this Time Period!
The RIAA and Metallica were the Enemies of this "CNET/ZDNET Gravy Train" that they could NOT afford to LOSE! CNET was hemorrhaging Money in 2000-2002 as File Sharing Software was being "Ramped Up" to a primary Profit source.
Read this Article, CNET Lays off 10% of it's workforce in February 2001, THE VERY DAWN of the explosion in File Sharing!
CNET lost almost HALF A BILLION DOLLARS! YIKES!
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JUST LOOK at the Numbers of Downloads from the FILE SHARING OFFERINGS! This site was probably getting MAYBE 60 Million Unique Visitors a Month in 2002?
Read the Articles AT THESE LINKS for the State Attorney General of New York, Elliot Spitzer attacking the Adware Industry. With industry writers wondering if CNET was involved in Adware and Spyware.
The VERY SAME DAY that the New York Attorney General Publicly announces his "Anti Adware" campaign, CNET just happens to have coincidently decided to Ban Adware after allowing it to happen for so long. "We Listened" "We're in your Corner". THAT'S Crap! If CNET cared about the user they would have banned it in 2001! CNET of course offered a "Spyware Center" offering many downloads to get rid of the adware and spyware.
Now, This Typical ZDNET Music Feature Article became the norm for years. ZDNET Distributed these articles both on ZDNET and Gamestop.com
GameSpot Versions AND ZDnet Versions, (Look at the URL), Metallicaster Article January 16 2000
"File Sharing is a Joke" Original article on both music.Gamespot.com and music.zdnet.com ( Links for Both Below , LOOK AT THE URL to tell the difference. All link to the "Internet Wayback Machine" Article Postying date July 20, 2000
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View these "Compelling" un-Biased Stories below,LOL, (ZDNET, CNET own GameSpot and Used it's URL Frequently, I HAVE NO IDEA WHY!, Oh Yeah, maybe because KIDS are the Number ONE Customer of Music! LOL!)
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ZDNET Press Release Announces Equity Investment in I-Drive
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NEXT: Zdnet? Cnet? in the FILE SHARING BUSINESS TOO?
ZDNET was a PARTNER with SCOUR to offer FREE online Storage Space for Files uploaded DIRECTLY From Scour to the "ZDNet i-drive Online Storage System" and ZDNET and CNET promoted the Service SPECIFICALLY to do JUST THAT!
ZDNET Branded Idrive as "Zdnet Idrive"
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Napster Software Download with "ZDNET idrive" Sideload Button right on ZDnet. The Same Button appeared on EMBEDDED in EVERY SCOUR Search Page!
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I Drive Cnet Storage Mini Review (Claims Investment)
Net Guide Enhanced Storage Sites CNET Recommends I Drive
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idrive.com CLAIMS 89 million Downloads a Month adds 450,000 accounts PER MONTH
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Scour and ZDnet Partners as Listed on IDRIVE Site
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Upload Files Directly from Scour to your Online drive Locker
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Scour's Website Showing Copyrighted Material GALORE!
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LOVE this ZDNet's Editor's review JUST BEFORE The Lawsuits are filed! A 4 Star Glowing Review! I Particularly enjoyed the part where SCOUR is described, In the ZDNET's Own Writer's Words, "A Facade of Legitimacy"!
ZDNET and CNET Pitched Scour HARD! Tutorials! Tips and "How To's" Hosted the Software!
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Just ONE of SEVERAL Handy Scour Guides on ZDNET, LOVE the Copyright Advice! Ending with, "NOW GO GET THOSE MP3's" LOL
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ZDNET Review TESTING the "Napster Clones" for the best Alternative just in case a Federal Judge Shuts NAPSTER down!
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Idrive in the News April 17 2001, Notice Most are CNET/ZDNET Affiliates! such as Computer Shopper
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CNET's Download Button Right on Scour's Home Page! Guess who distributed MOST of the Software! The Official Scour Site Rolled over to CNET Downloads! Where there were Lots of Articles about Scour! Tutorials to Use Scour, Tips and "How To's for Scour, AND a Scour Newsletter! Of Course CNET and ZDNET were INVESTORS in i-drive and knew that fans wanting unlimited file sharing space would love DIRECT UPLOAD BUTTONS to their online storage lockers! This partnership with Scour would Tremendously Grow the i-drive online Storage System.
DETAIL SHOT of CNET's SOFTWARE Button Embedded on Scour's Home Page Below in 2000! Click to Make LARGER!
CNET Downloads HOSTED the Software AND was the official Software Button on Scour's Site! OVER 250,000 Downloads in ONE WEEK! This is as the Lawsuit DRAMA Begins!
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Of course those 250,000 Downloads of Contributed to Scours Claims of 450,000 Downloads Each month from "Partners" CNET and ZDNET!
CNET's HANDY "How Tos and Tips Guide"! Cnet had these for Most of the Notorious File Sharing Downloads!
(More Page Views for CNET HOORAY! :) LOL Of Course Scour was REALLY Promoted!
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You cannot believe the spectacular support network of CNET Staff Moderated Help Forums, Phone in and Call in Web Casts and Web Radio shows for informed advice and generous guidance on how to use the VARIOUS P2P software offerings! Online Tutorials! How Tos and TIPS! Advice and Testing with copyrighted songs when the system gets shut down! WAIT! They did a SCOUR one like that when Scour Tanked!
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Full Department Of Justice Article Specifically Mentioning Idrive
So, the Department of Justice was Shutting Down FREEDRIVE! Huh, That Rings a Bell . . . . Oh Yeah!
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I Really think that THIS VERSION explains it better! LOLOLOLOLOLL
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The CNET Staff MUST HAVE KNOWN the RIAA and MPAA Lawsuits were coming! CNET Added this "Disclaimer" a month before the Copyright Suits were filed against the CNET and ZDNET Partner SCOUR!
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The Lawsuits from the RIAA and the MPAA Start Flying and CNET/ZDNET MUST have gotten caught up in it.
NOW CNET's Editor's Review of SCOUR Changes to VERY NEGATIVE and recommends two Legal ( At That Time) Options.
Of Course, they keep shilling for Limewire, Morpheus, Kazaa Etc.
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FULL REVIEW HERE! My What a Difference a Few Lawsuits make!
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Now the CNET's Download Page Announces that SCOUR is Shut Down! November 2000
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How Ironic! And CNET and ZDNET were Pitching Scour as a GREAT Substitute for Napster, of course, once the courts finally shut Napster down.
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HOW THOUGHTFUL! CNET Created a Help guide to FIND SCOUR Alternatives!
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CNET was the KING of affilate links to Sell Products! Were these all affiliate Links?
Apparently, myplay had an affiliate plan, I wonder if CNET knew? , hummm
NO WAY! Cnet had a File Sharing Software test "Smackdown" to find which Current P2P Software Download would be the MOST EFFECTIVE at REPLACING specifically SCOUR and NAPSTER!
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Archive.org, The Internet Wayback Machine Link
How tight was Cnet Downloads AND these P2P File Sharing Companies?? The Official Cnet Downloads button was embedded on MANY of the Notorious Sites Landing Page! Sometimes there was only a plain button download link, as was on Limewire up until May 13, 2010 that brought the prospective downloader directly to Cnet Downloads.
Cnet Downloads EMBEDDED button on Grokster 5/27/2002 ( Click ANY Image to Enlarge)
Cnet Downloads EMBEDDED Button on Imesh 1/25/2002
Cnet Downloads EMBEDDED Button TODAY on BitComet Landing Page (77 MILLION Downloads!)
Cnet Downloads Button on Qtrax Max Homepage 1/25/2002
Cnet Downloads EMBEDDED Button Homepage of Bearshare 3/27/2002
Cnet Downloads Button embedded on Limewire in this Vintage Screen cap from 6/2/2001
Cnet Direct Link in the Morpheus Site. (See Following Image) Both Screen caps from 10/2002
When the would be downloader clicked the Download Button on the Morpheus Homepage shown above, the link took you RIGHT HERE to Cnet! NOTICE 100 Million Downloads, and that's just up to the screen cap date of 10/2002
Cnet Downloads embedded button on the Blubster Homepage 9/23/2001
Cnet Downloads Kazaa Download Button on the Kazaa Front Page
I will upload dozens of these vintage Images like these for Bearshare, Imesh, Morpheus, Grokster, and more. ( Well before the Settlements and Judges Orders). I just need the time. The download totals from Cnets own servers must WELL EXCEED over 1 BILLION downloads of P2P file Sharing software.