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Panama Based "Hotfile" Gets Sued By 5 American Studios

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by The Scarlet Pimp, Mar 7, 2011.

  1. The Scarlet Pimp

    The Scarlet Pimp Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    this is a warning for those who think that hosting in panama will protect their a$$ from lawsuits... :eek:
    (it seems the long arm of the law is getting even longer)


    Five Hollywood Studios Sue 'Hotfile' Over Copyright

    Feb 9, 2011

    NEW YORK (Reuters) ? Five Hollywood studios are suing a website that streams movies, accusing it of copyright infringement on a "massive scale".

    Disney Enterprises Inc, Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp, Universal City Studios Productions, Columbia Pictures Industries and Warner Bros Entertainment Inc on Tuesday filed suit against Hotfile Corp and Hotfile manager Anton Titov, according to documents filed with the United States District Court, Southern District of Florida Miami Division.

    The Hollywood studios say that Panamanian Hotfile actively encourages users to upload and disseminate copyrighted content, and pays them to do so. They say that Hotfile has profited from the arrangement.

    "Hotfile profits from this theft by charging a monthly fee to users who download content from its servers. Hotfile also operates an incentive scheme that rewards users for uploading the most popular files -- which are almost exclusively copyrighted works.

    Hotfile profits richly while paying nothing to the studios for their stolen content," the Motion Picture Association of America Inc said in a separate statement.

    In less than two years of operation, Hotfile has become one of the most heavily-trafficked sites on the Internet, according to the filing.

    The studios are seeking damages and injunctive relief, according to the filing.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20110209/media_nm/us_hollywood_lawsuit
     
  2. -s3c-

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    LOL another one, Liberty Media Corproration filed a law suit against Hotfile in january and also named PayPal as a defendant. :eek:
     
  3. oxonbeef

    oxonbeef BANNED BANNED

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    I bet that idea was sold to them by some slick salesman law firm who will make millions
    on an unenforceable ruling.
     
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    dude, u have the best info...i kinda log on BHW to see what u report some days
     
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  5. Randy569

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    Thats what I was wondering. Not sure how this is going to play out. Last I knew, U.S. law wasn't really enforceable in another sovereign country. They might get a judgement, but I'll bet they'll have a tough time collecting any judgment that might occur.

    But you can bet that the lawyers will collect their fees... ;)
     
  6. RebelMaster

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    U.S. law itself isn't enforceable in other countries, per se, but there are things call "Treaties" that are reciprocal. U.S. has such types of treaties with many European countries.

    Whether Panama has one for this type of thing with the U.S., I don't know. IF they do than that WILL be an issue for HF.

    Even the Swiss banks (which used to be SOLID tight) are no longer totally immune from giving up some info when forced to.

    Sux, though. Glad I didn't pay for a subscription yet.

    FWIW ...

    RM
     
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  7. Chronos

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    I do not believe Panama has extradition, so what exactly is the point?

    Civil suit will be in the plantiff's favor, but I don't get how they are ever going to see a dime?
     
  8. oxonbeef

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    The Americans will most probably send in a covert team of navy seals, kidnap him back
    to the US, hold him up by his ankles and shake his pockets out.
     
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    Hotfile is not going to reply them and case will never end.
     
  10. soctal

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    i recall the us govt recently siezed a domain name/site under the national security act, basically the program set up to fight terrorism is now being used for corporate interests. it wouldnt be surprising if its used in this case as well.
     
  11. The Scarlet Pimp

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    Hotfile is already closing people's accounts because of this, so it's not something to ignore. They are complying (somewhat) with the suit, and they may start giving out names.
     
  12. ShadeDream

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    That's why you should never trust these companies in anything they say. In fact you should keep clear from anything that has a "copyright" sticker on it. They'll just fuck you over big time.
     
  13. MiLiTARYiV

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    Panama is not even considered secured offshore.. Try Russia or the Netherlands...


    And even so this lawsuit has nothing to do with hotfile getting caught while hosting offshore..

    Hell look at demoniod torrents and more....
     
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    And then they will send him back to Panama and do the same thing 6 months later when the pockets are re-filled.
     
  15. killer2021

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    Nothing will happen. Just look at the pirate bay, still online and stronger than ever. Even if hotfile closes operations there will only be a 100 other sites to mirror hotfile's business model. They get 21 million visits and they are alexa 56, just goes to show how huge they are.

    also check out wikipedia's section on the topic:

     
  16. MrSmith

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    They are going to take his house, freeze his bank and fuck him straight up because he likes to live in Miami