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End of the Internet or the beginning of a new-style Internet?

By: Anthony Garreffa | Editorials in Software | Posted: Feb 5, 2012 4:11 pm

LimeWire, one of the biggest scandals, but had the helping hands of CBS Interactive




Does anyone remember a little thing called LimeWire? It was one of the biggest file sharing programs ever released and had millions upon millions of users. It was a spam-ridden, black-hole of a POS that was popular among those who didn't know better, or didn't know better sources to grab things from.


LimeWire hosted music, movies, TV shows and more. Did you know that it was distributed by corporations such as CBS? ABC? NBC? CNET? CNET and CBS actively promoted LimeWire, with their own editor's praise of such programs.


LimeWire was most popular on CNET site, where it enjoyed over 200 million downloads. An insane number. 200,000,000-plus! CBS owns CNET, and through LimeWire, CNET, and through proxy, CBS, made money from users downloading illegal files. Say what! CBS made money from people downloading illegal files and used their own site to distribute said software.


CBS would've been making so much money from LimeWire if it actually had entire pages designed specifically to list, talk, and recommend not just LimeWire, but other peer-to-peer file sharing programs. Considering just how large CBS is, one would think they would have the complete opposite mindset, and being completely against any file sharing where their property (TV shows, etc.) could be stolen.

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