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Hollywood wants Hotfile forced offline

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 08 Mar 2012 14:25 User comments (9)

Hollywood wants Hotfile forced offline Major Hollywood studios want Hotfile to go the way of MegaUpload.
According to court papers, unsealed this week, the Walt Disney Company, 20th Century Fox, Universal Studios, Columbia Pictures and Warner Bros are looking to U.S. courts to force file-locker service Hotfile offline. On their behalf, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) filed a motion for a summary judgement which might enable action to be taken against the host without requiring a lengthy trial.

The movie studios claim that over 90 percent of files downloaded from Hotfile are copyright infringing, and that nearly every Hotfile user is engaged in infringement. It has drawn attention to Hotfile's "indistinguishable" business model to the fallen MegaUpload, in particular, its affiliate system.

Hotfile pays users based on how many times their files are downloaded (and other factors, such as location and file size). The movie studios argue that this encourages the uploading of infringing content.

Hotfile disagrees and argues that it removes copyright infringing content when it is reported. It claims safe harbour protections afforded to web services under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), as does YouTube and many other websites where users upload potentially infringing content.

The movie studios argue that since Hotfile did not track and terminate repeat offenders, it does not qualify for safe harbour provisions under the DMCA.

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18.3.2012 14:45

"Major Hollywood studios want Hotfile to go the way of MegaUpload."

Not that I'm an advocate of the church 'sciences', but I believe a favorite colloquialism in those circles goes along the lines of something like... people in hell want ice water too...

Wonder why it is we don't see the software vendors launching out of the woodwork like the Hollywood sodomites?


28.3.2012 15:04

this doesn't even matter...we have moved on from hotfile a long time ago...there are so many other sites to host your sh-t now. so who really gives a f--k? ;] peace.

38.3.2012 16:29

Because if they shut one down,its the key to start shuting them all down!!!One win they all will fall.

48.3.2012 17:43

How about shut down hollywood for all the graft, collusion and racketeering?


Copyright infringement is nothing more than civil disobedience to a bad set of laws. Lets renegotiate them.

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58.3.2012 20:14

Originally posted by ZippyDSM:
How about shut down hollywood for all the graft, collusion and racketeering?
They'll be very angry and sue anyone who would try to shut them down.

68.3.2012 20:47

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It has drawn attention to Hotfile's "indistinguishable" business model to the fallen MegaUpload, in particular, its affiliate system.

As I recall, the (already incredibly precarious) takedown of Megaupload was justified not by the company's business model at all, but by the accusations that the founder was himself sharing copyrighted works. It's like shutting down a restaurant for having cockroaches in the kitchen, and then using that takedown as an excuse to shut down any restaurant because they have an "indistinguishable business model". Total BS.

79.3.2012 5:01

This is eriely sounding familiar to 2000 with 321 studios Hollywood
shut them down So now everthing is availible between the Stream sites
you tube even your cable or satellite provider, what's next to fall?pounder.

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89.3.2012 10:57

Quote:
As I recall, the (already incredibly precarious) takedown of Megaupload was justified not by the company's business model at all, but by the accusations that the founder was himself sharing copyrighted works. It's like shutting down a restaurant for having cockroaches in the kitchen, and then using that takedown as an excuse to shut down any restaurant because they have an "indistinguishable business model". Total BS.
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This is eriely sounding familiar to 2000 with 321 studios Hollywood
shut them down So now everthing is availible between the Stream sites
you tube even your cable or satellite provider, what's next to fall?pounder.
Im going to quote both of these because they both bring up important things that we need to look at in regards to the movie industry and its choke hold on the world itself.

First things first, Megaupload was nothing more than a ponzi scheme by the government on the heels of the dead SOPA/PIPA bills that wanted to show the world that the government can and will take action in regards to shutting down things that it deemed to be inappropriate. To this degree however, since the Obama administration is collecting funds from the movie industry, and if im not mistaken has a few cabinet members who used to be in the industry, it makes sense where the motive was. They could have done this years ago, but neglected to do such because it wasnt a big deal.

Shut down all the "pirating" sites that you want, its human nature to share things with people, and all they are doing is making old and outdated information inaccessible to the generations of the future, thus killing the history of technology and forcing people to spend money that they dont have to buy things. Its just like microsoft and the new xbox not being able to play used games because it takes money from the developers. Total BS. If anything your keeping the F****** economy going because those are jobs being created to see these game shops pop up, and people who want to upgrade to bigger and new have choices. Whats next, shut down the gaming industry as well? Pirating is a essential part of life, plain and simple. We crack and break it so that you know how to fix it, keep people in a job fixing those security measures, and sell them to corporations on the fear that they will be shut down if they dont own legal copies.

And as for the second quote, Youtube has become its own entity. They shutting off youtube would be like turning off facebook, the world itself i think would cease to exist and a major revolution of the technology age would ensue. My thought about this is that Hollywood should be on trial for the corruption, racketeering, and the monopoly that they have going. You cant do anything outside of Hollywood for fear of being shut down by the government or hollywood execs. You want to make a stand aganist this stuff, dont stop pirating, but more stop buying their services and products. If enough people stopped purchasing products from hollywood and bought them second hand helping the local communities, the message would hit them quick.

99.3.2012 14:34

Originally posted by ZippyDSM:
How about shut down hollywood for all the graft, collusion and racketeering?
your argument can be applied to governments, unions, corporations, "hacktivists," and almost every agglomeration of people
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