Back in 2013, the Motion Picture Association of America filed one of its biggest victories: a $80 million settlement against Hotfile, a file-sharing website that got on the wrong side of Hollywood. Only, Hotfile never paid anything close to that amount, and the MPAA has been telling a (court-approved) fib about the…
The MPAA has a well-earned reputation for, shall we say, "molding" their facts. But with its latest lawsuit against Hotfile, the group has apparently gone too far for Google's tastes. The search giant has just filed an Amicus brief objecting to the MPAA's "distortion" of the DMCA.
With MegaUpload out of the picture and numerous other file-sharing sites running scared, the MPAA has another major content hub in its sights. And from the looks of court documents unsealed this week, Hotfile may want to start considering an exit strategy.
According to Hotfile, a guy by the name of Michael Bentkover and his cronies are copyright dicks, crooks and liars. Not with those words, but that's the executive summary of their copyright fraud lawsuit against Warner Brothers.
Disney, Fox, Universal, Columbia and Warner Bros. have locked on to their next target in the battle against movie piracy—web-based digital locker site Hotfile. Claiming the site encourages and even rewards users via its affiliate system for sharing copyrighted material, the court papers were filed in Miami yesterday.