CBS Interactive Sued For Distributing China’s Green Dam Filter

From InformationWeek:

Solid Oak Software, the Santa Barbara, Calif.-based maker of Internet filter CYBERsitter, on Monday filed a $1.2 million infringement lawsuit against CBS Interactive.

The lawsuit alleges that CBS Interactive’s ZDNet China made the controversial filtering software available for download on its Web site and that Green Dam included code copied from Solid Oak’s CYBERsitter program.

The Chinese government earlier this year said that all PCs sold in China would have to come with Green Dam installed by July 1.

The government claimed that the software was necessary to protect young people from unhealthy Internet content — mainly pornographic and violent material — but human rights groups reported that the software blocked political and religious content too.

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