The CEO of a defunct music site is in trouble after a jury ruled he should have known about copyrighted songs on the site. The verdict is partly the result of studios’ recent successes in shrinking the scope of so-called safe harbor laws.
New documents from the Justice Department suggest the Megaupload founder waged a cynical campaign to rat out rivals for copyright infringement even as his own service got rich off the same practices.
Hotfile, a file-sharing locker, will pay $80 million to settle a copyright infringement case with the movie industry. The move comes after a judge ruled in August that it lost safe harbor protection.
File-sharing service Hotfile was found guilty of copyright infringement in a U.S. federal court case decided on Wednesday. But just because Hotfile appears guilty, that doesn’t mean cyberlockers are inherently evil — regardless what the MPAA says.
Warner Bros. systematically abused an automated takedown system provided by Hotfile, the file host claims in a countersuit against the studio. The claims made by Hotfile include information on the behind-the-scenes actions taken by Hollywood to enforce its rights against file sharing on cloud file hosts.
Earlier this year, the MPAA kicked off the entertainment industry’s battle against “cyberlockers” by suing Hotfile, a company it painted as…
Hollywood has set its sight on file hosters like Hotfile.com, which was sued this week by the MPAA’s member studios. Many of the legal arguments made against Hotfile could also easily be applied to RapidShare, Megaupload and even cloud-based backup and file synching services like Dropbox.
So-called “cyberlocker” sites have been a growing piracy problem for a couple years now, but big entertainment companies haven’t-until now-g…
Today on the Net: Break Media’s CEO questions AOL’s video strategy with The Huffington Post on board, the MPAA is suing cyberlocker service Hotfile and Thwapr’s new iPhone app lets users share up to 30-minute video files.