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Hotfile shuts down after handing over $80m to the MPAA

Takes 'millions' of user files with it
Thu Dec 05 2013, 15:58
Online Piracy

FILE SHARING WEBSITE Hotfile has closed its doors after agreeing to hand over $80m in damages to the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).

On Wednesday, Hotfile agreed to an $80m settlement with the US film industry cartel front MPAA, which told the filesharing website that it could continue to operate if it implemented a filtering mechanism to prevent copyright infringement.

It seems that Hotfile didn't fancy doing this, and on Thursday the website shut down permanently. The website has been replaced with a message to vistors.

"As a result of a United States Federal Court having found Hotfile.com to be in violation of copyright law the site has been permanently shut down. If you are looking for your favorite movies or TV-shows online, there are more ways than ever today to get high quality access to them on legal platforms," reads the message, which is almost identical one that replaced the ISOHunt website.

MPAA chairman Chris Dodd celebrated the result by saying the same thing. "As a result of a United States Federal Court having found Hotfile.com to be in violation of copyright law the site has been permanently shut down. If you are looking for your favorite movies or TV-shows online, there are more ways than ever today to get high quality access to them on legal platforms."

Users of the website aren't pleased about Hotfile closing, as the website reportedly hosted millions of legitimate files and documents.

Samsung website Sammobile has been hit by the shutdown, Torrentfreak noted, and has been forced to move its files elsewhere.

Sammobile advised its users, "It will take at least 48 hours before we're able to finish uploading all firmware, so do forgive us if you're unable to get that firmware you wanted to download for the next couple of days."

Hotfile has yet to comment on the closure, and it's unclear how, or whether, it will be able to help its users who have lost files. µ

 

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