MPAA: Hotfile is the 'most blatant inducer of copyright infringement'

Piracy is a big issue for copyright holders. It results in lost revenue and sales, and they argue that it's a hole that is growing increasingly more difficult to plug. Two of the biggest groups responsible for policing this sort of thing are the Motion Picture Association of America, and the Recording Industry Association of America.

The MPAA is finally returning its attentions back to Hotfile in the copyright conflict that's only getting more intense. This battle has been ongoing longer than many others, with the MPAA's first lawsuit being filed against Hotfile in February 2011. Having been in direct conflict for over a year now, both sides have had plenty of time to collect evidence.

Other organizations have also filed against Hotfile. Warner Brothers was very quick to get involved after the MPAA's lawsuit, but Hotfile managed to turn Warner's argument on its head by proving they had abused Hotfile's copyright infringement page.

Both sides are set on getting their own way in this battle. The MPAA wants Hotfile to just disappear overnight, and then they can go to trial if needed. This is the same method that shuttered Megaupload permanently back in January. Hotfile wants to go to trial, so they can fight for the future of their site.

Hotfile feels they have a case since they were only a provider, never condoning the upload of illegal content. Whether this is actually going to help them is questionable, since the MPAA holds some weighty evidence. They have internal emails showing Hotfile's employees were well aware of pirates, even helping them to upload.

Hotfile has provided evidence their most regularly downloaded files were open-source, though the MPAA refuted this as being a 'moot point' due to the sheer amount of illegal content that was available. They went as far as calling Hotfile the "most blatant inducer of copyright infringement" they've ever had to fight. No doubt The Pirate Bay's recently arrested founder is disappointed.

No judge has yet made a decision on the Hotfile legal case. With no other file-sharing website having been able to get a trial before a shutdown, it could be an interesting break from the norm if Hotfile does.

Source: Torrent Freak
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For the "most blatant inducer of copyright infringement", I surely havenĀ“t heard of or seen people using Hotfile for quite a long time...

Both sides are set on getting their own way in this battle. The MPAA wants Hotfile to just disappear overnight, and then they can go to trial if needed. This is the same method that shuttered Megaupload permanently back in January. Hotfile wants to go to trial, so they can fight for the future of their site.

So it's now guilty until proven innocent ?

I run a forum and we were always getting spammed with Warez hosted on hotfile, never any of the major 1 click hosters at the time, just hotfile which I thought was a bit strange.

I always did wonder if they were spamming there own links full of warez to encourage people to signup and pay for the premium hotfile account.

Neobond said,
By making the illegal downloads publically available?

But they aren't forcing people to download those illegal files. Your example would be akin to something like a cashier leaving the register's till open. Sure, anyone could reach over and steal the money but nobody is forcing that person to commit the crime.

Sranshaft said,

But they aren't forcing people to download those illegal files. Your example would be akin to something like a cashier leaving the register's till open. Sure, anyone could reach over and steal the money but nobody is forcing that person to commit the crime.

agreed
or how about throwing google in jail for providing the recipe to cook meth ?
google should be taken to court for damages done to meth heads who
were "induced" into taking crank lol

RIAA / MPAA and all their supporters are morally corrupt thieves.
and These people are the ones stealing unlike people who SHARE files.
Capatlism is what i see.. they found a way to generate revenue (with law suits and extortion etc)
People seem to forget pretty quickly this whole evil piracy thing has been going on ALL along with various formats and only in recent times is it viewed as some evil crime. Wallmart should be sued for providing VHS tapes because they are obviously "inducing" people to copy lol

It's all a sick joke these pigs can make money off of something that was most likely free in the first place.. most file sharing is free and who is making money when the lawyer sends an extortion letter to pay a few grand or be taken to court ?
Who is the thief ?

..diseased logic from idiots

Neobond said,
By making the illegal downloads publically available?

Lol that's absurd and only a fool would believe that, that's like taking down Neowin because of copyrighted avatars.