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Showdown in Federal Court as Alki David and Artists for Justice Wage War Against CNET/

(June 25, 2012)

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., June 25, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ( - In the wake of the RIAA Chief Cary Sherman (Recording Industry Association of America) accusing CBS owned CNET/ of vicarious liability for distributing known piracy tools, FilmOn.TV founder and CEO Alki David is finally being vindicated.

In 2011 Billionaire Media Mogul Alki David, founder of FilmOn.TV, the live streaming Platform, reigned in his controversial lawsuit against CBS Interactive, then re-filed again in May of 2011 with a coalition of over one hundred Artists and Copyright holders (Including Doug E. Fresh, Slick Rick, Pretty Ricky, Sugar Hill Music Group and many more); turning a contentious issue into a formidable movement.

The lawsuit claims damages from over one thousand copyrighted works pirated by millions of online users who over many years were induced and indoctrinated by CNET/ staff in a culture that fostered online piracy.

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Jamie Marquart, of the law firm Baker Marquart, representing Alki David and The Artists For Justice Coalition, stated that "the recent quotes from the RIAA and recent legal precedent are finally catching up. Those that promote and disseminate the tools of infringement are the guiltiest of all."

Alki David added "our arguments show that time after time CNET reporters and commentators promoted and endorsed the use of known pirating tools such as Limewire, Frostwire, Bittorrent and many others. Furthermore we will show how CNET actually hosted embedded links directly from their web pages offering millions of young people the ability to download thousands of songs from artists such as Snoop Dogg, Brittney Spears and many more."

On Monday, July 2, 2012, there will be a Federal Court hearing in Los Angeles, requested by CBS lawyers to have the case of Alki David et al vs. CBS Interactive/CNET dismissed. However Mr. David is very confident in the case and that it cannot be ignored, stating that "we have heaps of video and recorded evidence showing that CNET reporters and editors induced millions upon millions of online users to pirate known copyrighted works repeatedly over many years."

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From the many billions of known pirating tools downloaded at CNET/, including Frostwire, Mp3Rockets, Bittorrent and others, Federal Judge Kimba Wood (who in 2010 shuttered was shown evidence in the RIAA Vs Lime Wire trial that CNET/ was the exclusive distributor of Lime Wire from which users who were directed to download over one billion copies of Lime Wire.

During that same trial, CNET co-founder and then CEO, Shelby Bonnie, was a sitting board member on Warner Music Group whilst Warner Music was suing Lime Wire.

Alki David has been harshly criticized by CNET-friendly media outlets of double standards, due to the fact that he is still embroiled in a lawsuit with all four major networks since 2010, in the case CBS vs. FilmOn. CBS is suing, Inc. for copyright infringement, when in 2010 FilmOn was the first live streaming site in the USA to demonstrate its ability to re-transmit HD quality video streams to mobile devices like iPhone, iPad and Android.

"Unlike upstarts such as Barry Diller's Aereo, who seek to not pay for network content by assuming preposterous technical loopholes, FilmOn has always maintained its position as a Virtual Cable System and that it wishes to pay industry standard residuals (MFNs) based on Subscriber numbers to the FilmOn service."

"I and others at FilmOn are a copyright owners. I have been involved in many films and television shows both as a performer, producer and distributor, including The Bank Job, Fishtales, MI5 and many more. FilmOn's personnel are made up of Film and TV Industry veterans.  We produce exclusive content for FilmOn with pop culture celebrities like Andy Dick, Mike The Situation, Natalie Nunn and many more. We pay license fees to the NCAA, Arena Football League, Fashion TV and several hundred other providers. We respect the sanctity of intellectual property," added Alki David.

FilmOn currently carries over 160 Linear streaming TV Channels for internet connected devices, many of which you will find on traditional cable as well as over 20,000 movies and TV shows on demand. FilmOn was started in Europe in 2007 and was challenged by the European Networks, who failed to shutter services like FilmOn and today FilmOn enjoys a good working relationship with the major European networks.

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