Liberty Media files lawsuit against Hotfile.com

The popular file sharing website Hotfile has recently come under fire with legal action taken against it from Liberty Media which operates commerce, media, communication & entertainment business in the US, Europe & Asia. Liberty Media has filed a lawsuit against the site for copyright infringement with damages worth up to $150,000 per infringed work in the state of Florida, USA. Liberty Media says that whilst the filesharing website may have legitimate use "it's aim is to profit from illegale sharing of copyright materials, many of which are the intellectual property of Liberty Media".

Liberty Media says that is has found more then 2,400 links to 800 of its titles stored on Hotfile and as a result has listed 1000 users claimed to have "jointly and severally, with actual or constructive knowledge of or with willful blindness, reproduced and distributed certain LIBERTY-owned works through www.hotfile.com"  and have been ordered to defend themselves in court.

Liberty Media has also asked the court that Lemuria Communications & PayPal have the fingers pointed at them and be stood along side with Anton Titov who is the owner of Hotfile. Lemuria Communications is believed to be the web hosting company for Hotfile with servers operating in Dallas and Florida while PayPal is being accused as it offers financial services to Hotfile, Titov & Lemuria Communications. As a result Liberty demands that all assets held by PayPal are to be frozen pending until the result of the case. 

Liberty Media finally goes even further asking for the domain name www.hotfile.com to be seized pending the result of the case.

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This is BS, its the same company that are going around suing anyone and everyone. They are all tied to the same lawyer firm in the UK who is under investigation for their business practices.

Unfortunately that is the case these days. Another reason why you don't see as much rs/mu links as before as they are being replaced with hf/fs. If you look at the per download pay, it states every 1000 downloads the user if it be a premium user, gets paid around $10-20 USD depending on download country origin and file size. Think of it as petty cash but it still adds up if the user owns a blog/site that does nothing but hf/fs files of piracy. You just get more from users downloading from the US, UK, or Canada that's all.

Hotfile does pay a lot more for the downloaded content from uploaded users. I think it only applies to premium members though but the outcome I guess depends on how much crap you upload to your blog/site.

Morisato said,
Hotfile does pay a lot more for the downloaded content from uploaded users. I think it only applies to premium members though but the outcome I guess depends on how much crap you upload to your blog/site.

hotfile.com is a banned word on our forum, we were forever getting spammed with links to warez hosted on there.

I did half think hotfile themselves were filling there own servers with warez and spamming links, however if people get paid for it i see why now...

Does anyone know what copyrighted materials they're claiming rights to? I looked at their website and they only had listings of big companies that aren't known for software development like Expedia, Priceline, Time Warner, Starz (the movie channel), ProFlowers.com, QVC, Motorola, and Sprint. I'm sure there is some software company they represent but I'd like to know who it is and if they indeed own the copyrights to their clients work.

Tim Dawg said,
Does anyone know what copyrighted materials they're claiming rights to? I looked at their website and they only had listings of big companies that aren't known for software development like Expedia, Priceline, Time Warner, Starz (the movie channel), ProFlowers.com, QVC, Motorola, and Sprint. I'm sure there is some software company they represent but I'd like to know who it is and if they indeed own the copyrights to their clients work.

They are conglomerate group for trolling/bullying with this stuff same as MPAA, RIAA and other pointless hypocrite companies/groups which pay people as a job to download/look into copyright infringement while punishing people for making money sharing stuff.

Tim Dawg said,
Does anyone know what copyrighted materials they're claiming rights to? I looked at their website and they only had listings of big companies that aren't known for software development like Expedia, Priceline, Time Warner, Starz (the movie channel), ProFlowers.com, QVC, Motorola, and Sprint. I'm sure there is some software company they represent but I'd like to know who it is and if they indeed own the copyrights to their clients work.

Starz has released stuff under their name before.

"it's aim is to profit from illegale sharing of copyright materials, many of which are the intellectual property of Liberty Media".

What's their purpose

"Our aim is to profit from the trolling of copyright materials, many of which are the intellectual property, in fact doesn't really belong to Liberty Media".

Sorry they need to be sending DMCA notices.

Digitalx said,
"it's aim is to profit from illegale sharing of copyright materials, many of which are the intellectual property of Liberty Media".

What's their purpose

"Our aim is to profit from the trolling of copyright materials, many of which are the intellectual property, in fact doesn't really belong to Liberty Media".

Sorry they need to be sending DMCA notices.

+1

The Protagonist said,
The hotfile servers are believed to be florida

So sue the host. The company itself must reside in the states.

xtruder said,
Pointless, they can never stop piracy, no matter what they do.

They're trying to profit off of it, instead of snuff it out.

Recon415 said,

They're trying to profit off of it, instead of snuff it out.

Hotfile does remove infringing files. If Liberty Media had done a proper request I'm sure that the file would of been taken off. Instead they chose to sue Hotfile.

Brando212 said,
lol yeah, no kidding, not to mention the other file sharing web sites such as rapidshare and megaupload

or when they finally discover the obsecure website which allows you to search in all of that and more, "the google"

kInG aLeXo said,

or when they finally discover the obsecure website which allows you to search in all of that and more, "the google"

Funny how "The Google" can do the same thing ans The Pirate Bay but no one would dare to sue Google with such a frivolous accusation.

Brian Miller said,

Funny how "The Google" can do the same thing ans The Pirate Bay but no one would dare to sue Google with such a frivolous accusation.

They don't get sued because they don't make it dead simple for people to search for copyrighted content

Need to read up on law... to commit a crime there has to be a certain level of intention and there's also how you are connected to a crime.

To make this a really simple explanation...

File sharing sites are getaway drivers... clearly involved and helping commit the crime and profiting off the back. Search engines are car sales people... yes they made money selling the car to someone, but they did so without any intent on them committing a crime. Also they are another level detached from the crime.

Rudy said,
They don't get sued because they don't make it dead simple for people to search for copyrighted content

But you can't search for files on hotfile. You need to find an agregator site that finds hotfile links and verifis the files existance and gives the data to you in searchable form. And also virus ridden

Einlander said,

But you can't search for files on hotfile. You need to find an agregator site that finds hotfile links and verifis the files existance and gives the data to you in searchable form. And also virus ridden

My comment for more towards piratebay but really hotfiles is WAY worst, they're hosting the actual files not just torrent files

Brian Miller said,

Funny how "The Google" can do the same thing ans The Pirate Bay but no one would dare to sue Google with such a frivolous accusation.

Google doesn't store the .torrent files in its servers.