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Hotfile: The Next Stop On The MPAA Copyright Infringement Warpath
2012-03-09 13:02:49

Hot on the heels of MPAA's suit against Megaupload, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has set its sights on file hosting service Hotfile.com. A public redacted version of court documents filed in the U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida were released this week. Hotfile Corp. and Anton Titov, who operates Hotfile.com, were named as defendants. In the legal document, the MPAA describes the digital locker site as "a system that enables copyright infringement on a...

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2010-06-09 06:20:00

The founder of the popular file-sharing service LimeWire is being accused of fraudulently trying to escape hundreds of millions of dollars in copyright infringement damages, and lawyers for thirteen big record companies want to freeze assets of the service. U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood last month found that Lime Wire LLC assisted users in pirating digital recordings, and that founder Mark Gorton directed and personally benefited from many of the activities. Lawyers for the record...

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2010-05-13 12:55:00

A U.S. judge has ruled in favor of 13 music companies in a copyright case against online file-sharing service LimeWire. U.S. District Court Judge Kimba Wood found LimeWire and its owner Mark Gorton liable for copyright infringement and unfair competition.  The judgment relied on a Supreme Court judgment against song-swapping service Grokster. "The evidence establishes that LimeWire users directly infringed plaintiffs' copyrights, and that LimeWire engaged in purposeful conduct intended...

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2008-08-17 16:05:00

Digital piracy is moving into a new arena with the emergence of a nascent Web site called Mygazines.com, which encourages users to copy and upload popular magazine titles currently selling on newsstands. It couldn't come at a worse time for the magazine industry, which is facing declining sales and ad revenue. With some 16,000 registered users as of last week, the new Web site allows visitors to peruse high-quality, full digital copies of many current publications, including The Economist,...

2008-07-14 12:00:30

By Sarah Jenkins In the blogosphere, the billion-dollar clash between Viacom and YouTube is being portrayed as a battle of media giants, with "old" media behemoth Viacom out to strip away everything fun from "new" media phenomenon YouTube and its millions of Web viewers. It's also pitched as YouTube as the protector of prized Internet privacy, with Viacom -- and the federal judge who ruled in the corporation's favor last week -- primed to find out everything about who YouTube users are and...

2008-07-10 09:00:34

By Sarah Jenkins In the blogosphere, the billion-dollar clash between Viacom and YouTube is being portrayed as a battle of media giants, with "old" media behemoth Viacom out to strip away everything fun from "new" media phenomenon YouTube and its millions of Web viewers. It's also pitched as YouTube as the protector of prized Internet privacy, with Viacom -- and the federal judge who ruled in the corporation's favor last week -- primed to find out everything about who YouTube users are and...

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2006-06-05 16:49:42

LONDON -- EMI Group said on Monday it would make its music catalog available to the first advertising supported peer-to-peer service as the entertainment industry embraces the same technology that once nearly crippled it. The new service called Qtrax, developed by New York-based LTDnetwork and slated for launch later this year, will give consumers the ability to download music for free after watching ads, or the option of paying for a premium subscription version. Financial terms of the deal...

2006-01-23 10:00:00

By Adam Pasick CANNES, France -- Global music sales fell about 2 percent last year as surging digital music revenues failed to offset continued declines in physical media like CDs, the head of the industry's trade body said. Sales for 2006 are expected roughly flat, said John Kennedy, chief executive of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, as the music business sees increasing benefits from selling songs online after its long-running battle with illicit online...

2005-11-07 15:10:00

WASHINGTON -- File-sharing service Grokster will stop distributing software that allows users to copy songs without permission as part of a settlement with the recording industry, an industry group said on Monday. The settlement with the Recording Industry Association of America comes four months after the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that Grokster and other "peer to peer" networks could be held liable if they induce users into violating copyright laws. RIAA members include Vivendi...

2005-09-29 07:30:39

By Brooks Boliek WASHINGTON (Hollywood Reporter) - Lawmakers pushed federal authorities Wednesday to crack down on peer-to-peer services that pirate copyrighted works, while one P2P operator told them pressure from the recording industry was forcing him to change his ways. Sens. Arlen Specter, R-Penn., and Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., told officials with the Justice Department and the U.S. Copyright Office that they wanted recommendations for government action on the issue. They...


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