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Hotfile Sues Warner Bros Over Abuse of Anti-Piracy Tool

By - Source: TorrentFreak | B 17 comments

File hosting service Hotfile has sued Warner Bros. for abusing its anti-piracy tool. TorrentFreak reports that Warner Bros. apparently removed "hundreds of titles" from Hotfile, even if they did not hold the copyrights to them.

The deleted files include game demos and open source software, the file host said.

Hotfile, which was sued for copyright infringement by five members of the MPAA earlier this year, alleges that Warner Bros. has violated the DMCA and lists intentional interference with a contractual or business relationship and negligence as second and third counts in its suit.

“The single file deleted by Warner that had been most frequently downloaded by Hotfile users—five times more frequently than any other file—was a freeware software title wrongfully deleted by Warner," the suit states. "The software publisher that uploaded the file used Hotfile.com as a means for distribution of its open source software. Warner was not authorized by the software publisher to delete the file.”

Hotfile speculates that the takedowns had an economic motive as an agreement between Warner Bros. and Hotfile allows the movie studio to replace content that was taken down with a link to Warner Bros. content that can be purchased. The more content Warner removed, the more links it was able to place.

Warner Bros has not commented on the new suit.

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    dillyflump , September 16, 2011 1:20 AM
    Good on you Hotfile, sue the scum. It's about time someone with the financial means kicked the movie and music industry lobbies in the teeth. I still want to know what is happenning with google after they supposidly downloaded a film using bittorent from thier headquarters. Im guessing the MPAA didn't have the guts to see Google in court because Google would have chewed off thier balls and stomped all over them.
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    SmileyTPB1 , September 16, 2011 1:55 AM
    Wow, a movie studio acting illegally and hypocritical? Never would have expected that.

    If they are doing this in environment where they can get caught, imagine what they might be doing elsewhere on the web.
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    f-14 , September 16, 2011 2:45 AM
    take the suit to them for 3 times the damages warner brother did to hotfile as malicious revenge and make the mpaa scared as f' to mess with anything other then what they own.
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    dalethepcman , September 16, 2011 12:19 AM
    smells fishy...
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    tramit , September 16, 2011 12:25 AM
    fishy smells...
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    memadmax , September 16, 2011 1:05 AM
    It's a dog eat dog world...
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    dillyflump , September 16, 2011 1:20 AM
    Good on you Hotfile, sue the scum. It's about time someone with the financial means kicked the movie and music industry lobbies in the teeth. I still want to know what is happenning with google after they supposidly downloaded a film using bittorent from thier headquarters. Im guessing the MPAA didn't have the guts to see Google in court because Google would have chewed off thier balls and stomped all over them.
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    keczapifrytki , September 16, 2011 1:22 AM
    hahaha. I love it when stories like these come up. Reminds me of that one story where they sued some game company for piracy. Makes my day...
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    SmileyTPB1 , September 16, 2011 1:55 AM
    Wow, a movie studio acting illegally and hypocritical? Never would have expected that.

    If they are doing this in environment where they can get caught, imagine what they might be doing elsewhere on the web.
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    dontknownotsure , September 16, 2011 2:06 AM
    lol, Karma
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    f-14 , September 16, 2011 2:45 AM
    take the suit to them for 3 times the damages warner brother did to hotfile as malicious revenge and make the mpaa scared as f' to mess with anything other then what they own.
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    rohitbaran , September 16, 2011 4:11 AM
    SmileyTPB1Wow, a movie studio acting illegally and hypocritical? Never would have expected that.If they are doing this in environment where they can get caught, imagine what they might be doing elsewhere on the web.

    They are the greediest among all media. I have not one trace of doubt that they abused their powers.
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    viper666 , September 16, 2011 6:21 AM
    i wish many more would sue them...
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    eddieroolz , September 16, 2011 9:56 AM
    The true nature of movie studios, revealed for the 1001th time.
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    NuclearShadow , September 16, 2011 10:17 AM
    I don't get why they would even bother wasting their time filing a DMCA against something like that. Also filing such a thing is not only punishable in civil court but it can be taken to criminal as well. The person/s responsible committed as act of perjury it would be no different than lying under oath in court. People have gone to jail for this. Warner Bros will be 100% required to answer who exactly was a part of the filing of the DMCA if asked.

    I say send some bastard/s to jail that will hit much harder than a lawsuit and will make them think twice. If it happened to be one of their lawyers he will even get disbarred. This will dramatically change how big business files false DMCA's on those smaller than them.
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    TeraMedia , September 16, 2011 1:56 PM
    +1 @NuclearShadow. It's time that the courts stop letting people hide behind the names of corporations when those people commit illegal acts. If we can say, "Guns don't kill people; people kill people," then we can also say, "Corporations don't commit illegal acts. People (at corporations) commit illegal acts."

    Do this, and all of a sudden that job as a telescammer / used-car-fraudman / insurance claims processor / etc. starts to look a lot less enticing.
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    scuba dave , September 16, 2011 3:44 PM
    Teramedia+1 @NuclearShadow. It's time that the courts stop letting people hide behind the names of corporations when those people commit illegal acts. If we can say, "Guns don't kill people; people kill people," then we can also say, "Corporations don't commit illegal acts. People (at corporations) commit illegal acts."Do this, and all of a sudden that job as a telescammer / used-car-fraudman / insurance claims processor / etc. starts to look a lot less enticing.


    Lord wouldn't that be nice.. I specifically hate when they hide behind the curtain of the coporation after they committed something bad, possibly illegal, and make a public statement saying "I take full responsiblity for my *blah blah blah*", and yet then resign, with pay/bonuses, and still don't take a hit, as the company still has to take the burden as it was performed "on shift". Screw that. Stop looking at companies, and the like, as completely autonomous legal entities as a broad rule. Their should be a procedure for taking that blanket protection away from some people, and then making their life hell for what their selfish, illegal, or dubious actions of self-interest have inflicted upon the innocent, and the masses.

    Also, plain and simple... Screw the DMCA.
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    gm0n3y , September 16, 2011 6:05 PM
    Hotfile should sue them for $12 billion and then offer to settle for $5 million.
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    dread_cthulhu , September 16, 2011 6:09 PM
    Yes... goodbye MPAA... Please? We can only hope...
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    marraco , September 16, 2011 10:18 PM
    What is that freeware software?
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