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Hotfile Shut Down, Forced to Pay Hollywood Studios $80 Million…

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The MPAA first filed a lawsuit against Hotfile in 2011. Prior to this, Hotfile had received 10 million DMCA takedown notices. The case has finally been settled…

Hotfile has been shut down and must pay $80 million in damages to movie studios.

To stay online, Hotfile would have had to add “digital fingerprinting” technology that could detect copyrighted movies. This implies that file-hosting sites must be backed by tons of money to avoid being shut down by major recording companies.

MPAA chairman Chris Dodd said:

“This judgment by the court is another important step toward protecting an internet that works for everyone”

Ironically, the presiding adjudicator in this case (the US Government) was recently caught pirating $224 million worth of software.

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Comments (4)
  1. jw

    Recording studios?


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  2. Anonymous

    This implies that file-hosting sites must be backed by tons of money to avoid being shut down by major recording companies.”

    lol, of course it doesn’t…


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  3. Anonymous

    Best year, ever! :)


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  4. arthurjowens

    It might not be as clever a final sentence regarding the “presiding adjudicator,” but it’s probably worth noting that there is a meaningful distinction between the Federal Courts and the executive branch of the US govt. The Federal Court didn’t pirate software, the US Army did. There’s a pretty big difference and it’s probably best not to encourage cynicism in an otherwise journalistic piece.


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