Google defends hosting site under attack by MPAA

Posted: March 20, 2012 in Break News, Tech
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Google is lending a legal hand to hosting site Hotfile, upping the battle between tech and the movie industry.

by March 19, 2012 3:27 PM PDT Follow @paulsloan

The battle of Silicon Valley vs. Hollywood continues.

Google filed a brief earlier this month in federal court in Florida defending Hotfile, an Internet locker service that the Motion Picture Association of America accuses of acting as a clearinghouse for pirated films.

The MPAA filed suit against Hotfile a year ago, arguing that the cyberlocker has made a business out of offering a stash box for people to store their pirated movies. At the time, the MPAA said, “In less than two years, Hotfile has become one of the 100 most trafficked sites in the world…That is a direct result of the massive digital theft that Hotfile promotes.”

That marked the first time a group of Hollywood film studios filed a copyright lawsuit against a cyberlocker, and just two weeks ago the MPAA asked for a summary judgement against Hotfile, effectively trying to shut down the site.

Google argues in an amicus curiae that Hotfile is protected by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Google writes that YouTube, Facebook and Wikipedia all thrive because of they are protected by the DMCA, and that the movie industry’s case arguments would in fact thwart such businesses.


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