Hotfile agrees to pay over $80 million to settle MPAA copyright lawsuit, plans to shut down
Hotfile is a file-sharing website that was ordered to pay$80 million to the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). Hotfile will be required to shut down unless they can implement “digital fingerprinting” technologies to prevent users from uploading copyrighted movies to their servers. The MPAA case against Hotfile started back in August.
The MPAA said that this case makes it the “first time a US court has ruled on whether so-called cyberlockers like Hotfile can be held liable for their infringing business practices.” U.S. District Judge Kathleen Williams revealed that Hotfile received 10 million DMCA notices before the lawsuit was filed in 2011.
“This judgment by the court is another important step toward protecting an internet that works for everyone,” stated MPAA chairman Chris Dodd. “Sites like Hotfile that illegally profit off of the creativity and hard work of others do a serious disservice to audiences, who deserve high-quality, legitimate viewing experiences online.”