File trading website must pay $80 million for copyright violations

Hotfile will pay damages to the group representing Hollywood movie studios

Technology has made it far easier for movie fans to enjoy content. Nowadays, we can stream flicks on our tablets or smart TVs from a number of legitimate streaming providers. But the same advances in technology have made it far easier for people to pirate movies, downloading them illegally or sharing copies with friends. There are a number of file-trading sites on the Internet, many of which host a variety of copyrighted material that users share with one another for free. 

Now, after a ruling by a Florida judge, Hotfile must cease operations and pay a cool $80 million in damages to the trade group that represents major Hollywood studios. The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) filed suit against Hotfile in February of 2011, claiming that the company was guilty of copyright infringement.

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Rich Steeves

Richard P. Steeves is Senior Editor and Community Manager of InsideCounsel magazine, where he covers the intellectual property and compliance beats. Rich earned a B.A....

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