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?"
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! Well . . . . actually . . . CNET actually PITCHED idrive in the CNET Music Center, Imploring the throngs of Music Starved Peasants to Trade MP3's with Friends!
ZDNET Branded "Idrive" as "Zdnet Idrive"
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CNET Beta Invite Link to be this FIRST to test X-Drive, (i-Drives more Business Like Device)
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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Of corse CNET did not let a little thing like being an "Investor" or "Partner"in the online i-Drive Scheme influence their editorial content. Or did it?
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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What? CNET and ZDNET partnered with MP3.com BEFORE it was sued to FAILURE by the RIAA and that was definitely before CNET bought out MP3.com's residual intellectual assets and web address. GOD LORD! Is there even ONE of these original FAILED "MP3 File Sharing Schemes" that CNET and ZDNET were not a "Partner" with? Ohhh, . .and . . . "Riffage.com" thing too, I'll get to that one. oh yeah, and that Deal with Xolox!
CNET ARTICLE MP3.com's move to copy CD's Stirs Debate Jan 28, 2000
ZDNET Editor's Review JUST BEFORE the Legal Action! What a GLOWING REVIEW! I must Point out that the ZDNET's Editor ACTUALLY refers to Scour having a "Facade of Legitimacy" ! LOLOLOLOL lo lo lo lo lo lo lololo
Frequent ZDNET and CNET Staff Testing to Provide Scientific, Tested Guidance to the Confused, Copyrighted Song Hungry Masses! But that's the Subject of another LONG Posting!
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ZDNET and CNET Pitched Scour HARD! Tutorials! Tips and "How To's" CNET Downloads Thoughtfully 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 distruted 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!
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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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I Wonder How much Affiliate Money CNET made from FreeDrive Downloads, Oh Wait, I can SHOW YOU! LOL ( Well, to be fair, they may have been promoting FreeDrive just to be NICE!) All of these Failed Dot.Com's lost investor's A LOT of MONEY! But, It seems some company DID profit, Guess Who?
The lawsuits from the RIAA and the MPAA start flying and CNET & ZDNET MUST have gotten caught up in it.
NOW CNET's "Suddenly Revised" Editor's Review of SCOUR Changes to a VERY NEGATIVE review, and recommends MP3.com as one of the choices.
Of Course, after ALL these Close calls with eCircles.com, I-Drive.com and MP3.com you would think that they might get OUT of the file Sharing Business? NOPE! CNET and ZDNET 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 Procuring Copyrighted Material! Of course with Live Links to ALL the Test Subjects!
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Archive.org, The Internet Wayback Machine Link
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HEY! What's This? Department of JUSTICE Shutter File Swapping Service??
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ZDnet Scour and I-Drive
Scour Download Pages
Scour Exchange (SX) July 11 2000 60,740 CNET Downloads Total (Beta Version)
Scour Exchange (SX) Oct 18 2000 CNET Downloads 4,391,132
Scour Exchange Aug 15 2000 CNET Downloads 1,288,160
Scour CNET Guide Page on April 5 2001 Features link to Idrive Review
Scour voluntarily shut down the Scour Exchange file-swapping program on November 16, 2000. Scour is currently in the midst of Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings and is selling off its assets. Some editorial material is still available on the site."
Scour CNET Editors Review August 8 2000 Archived Sample April 7 2001
Scour CNET Editors Review Aug 8 2000 Archive Date Aug 16 2000
"Nothing but Bootleg
But most of your search results will be bootleg files stored on private computers using Scour Exchange. Take away the bootleg files, and Scour is just a second-rate directory to Web audio and video. Although Scour has made efforts to strike legitimate deals with music and movie companies such as Napster and MP3.com, it's currently being sued for copyright infringement. So don't get too attached--Scour, like Napster and MP3.com, could lose its best tools at any time."
Scour CNET Guide Page, Links to Xdrive And More Editors Review Excerpt
Scour Review 8/16/2000
Scour download page
Great page I've never seen of search utilities interesting scour is here
Online storage options
Organize your music on CNET June 2000
Web warehouses with corrections mentioned
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Original Scour Review
Updated where to store your files online featuring IDRIVE but lacking disclaimer
Dec 2000 so scour us now gone already.
How tos and guides Scour Gone Dec 2000
Same no scour aug 2000
Space monsters excellent
Other web storage sites only one capture nice
Scour review on ZDNEt
Scour facade of Legitimacy on ZDNET OMG!!
Scour review July 31 2000 ZDNET
Scour Exchange June 22 ZDNET Download page
Storing online might be copyright infringement on web musters storage
June 22 Still might be infringement added
Space monsters I drive listed July 6
Space monsters July 11 2000 IDRIVE listed
Scour mentioned in ZDnet Reveue important
From email@example.com Mon Aug 14 06:46:57 2000
Subject: Welcome to your i-drive!
Congratulations! You're the proud new owner of your very own i-drive --
your free personal space on the Web.
Your i-drive user name is xandarina.
To login to your i-drive go to: http://www.idrive.com/?xandarina
i-drive is 100% free, private and secure.
Here is what you get:
* Infinite Space for any content you collect from the Web
* 50 MB for files you upload from your desktop
* Music Playlists
* Filo: i-drive's free Web page clipping software
What can you do with your i-drive?
* Store files on the Web
* Collect and play MP3s
* Clip and save Web pages
* Create and share Photo Albums
* Access your files from anywhere
* Share your files with friends
Want to save Web Pages as you surf?
With i-drive's Filo you can clip any Web page you want. Better than
bookmarks, Filo captures the entire HTML page, not just the URL, and stores
it in your i-drive. Use Filo to clip: news articles, e-commerce receipts,
travel confirmations, Web search results or any Web page you want with
just one click! Filo can be downloaded in seconds at: http://www.idrive.com/site/product/filo.html
Fill up your i-drive!
We now let you save stuff from cool content partners directly to your
i-drive - and we give you INFINITE SPACE (TM) to store what you find. Look for
the "save page to i-drive" and "Sideload to i-drive" links on the following sites:
* Scour.com -- Collect images, music, and video clips you find at Scour.com
in seconds. Just select the "i-drive Sideload (TM)" link adjacent to any search
result to instantly save any file directly to your own i-drive.
* ZDNet.com -- Select the "i-drive Sideload (TM)" icon adjacent to games, software
and the latest free downloads on the ZDNet site. They'll be saved to your
* About.com -- About.com employs specialists who write articles on more than
500,000 subjects. Read something you want to keep on About.com? Select the
"save page to i-drive" icon and the page will be saved to your i-drive in an instant.
If you have any questions about your i-drive, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit our help section at http://www.idrive.com/site/product/prodfaq.html
We hope you enjoy your i-drive,
PRESS RELEASE SENT OUT BY ZDNET
June 20 2000
Movie studios target Scour with copyright lawsuit
The Motion Picture Association of America sued Scour.net today, charging that the Web site has contributed to massive violations of the movie studios' copyrights--much as Napster has been charged in the record industry's case.
While the movie studios have weighed in on the record industry's suit against Napster, it's the first time they've filed their own lawsuit against a file-sharing company that allows movie trading online. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) joined the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) in its suit.
The Orignal RIAA Press Release Regarding the Scour Lawsuit
Traffic Pressure Stalls Napster Alternatives
DOJ concerns Shutters file Swapping Service Jan 22 2001 LAST MODIFIED
Napster is embroiled in a famous legal dispute brought by music companies that charge the file-swapping company is aiding the theft of copyrighted materials. Last year, Scour ran into legal woes in part after striking a deal with online storage company I-Drive.com. The movie industry feared that access to large amounts of storage would facilitate illegal film swapping, so Scour backed down and put limits on customers' storage capacity.
Scour Backed Down DEAD LINK
Scour Legal Woes
Suit Hits popular Post Napster Network Oct 3 2001
Sept 17 2000 CNET News John Borland
Well Scrubbed Business plan not enough for SCOUR
At the same time it was developing its Scour Exchange file-trading service, which allowed computer users to swap video and image files as well as music, other forces were pushing the movie industry into the same corner as the Recording Industry Association of America.
A series of underground hackers' innovations over the past few months made it easier to copy DVD movies and trade them online. Scour's technology inadvertently helped this along. The company struck an agreement with online storage company iDrive, allowing people to copy and store their files on that service. That proved a boon for movie traders, who needed a fast, stable connection to download and upload huge film files.
"Within a couple of days, you could feel the tide change," said Ray Santamaria, until recently vice president of business development and music initiatives at Scour. "All of a sudden, the labels were feeling more aggressive."
Interesting Points: Cnet writer never mentioned ANY CNET or ZDNET Connection
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ALTERED ARTICLE Fail-Sharing Graveyard Filing Up! CNET
Correction: The original version of this story failed to mention that the Supreme Court reversed lower-court rulings favoring Grokster and Streamcast.
Read More about File Swapping the Big Picture
http://news.cnet.com/2104-1027_3-1020876.html ( Missing Story)
Need Original Judge Rules File Swapping LEGAL
March 5 2001 Need Original
NEED ORIGINAL June 27 2005 John Borland