Hotfile Bid For Warner Docs In Piracy Case Rebuffed

Law360, New York (December 2, 2011, 8:53 PM EST) -- Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. does not need to provide file-sharing site Hotfile Corp. with information about the studio's investigation into whether, as part of anti-piracy efforts, Warner deleted files from Hotfile for which the studio does not hold the copyright, a judge ruled Thursday.

In a brief order, Florida federal Magistrate Judge William C. Turnoff denied Hotfile's motion to compel discovery about the investigation, which Warner argued is protected work product.

"This type of counsel-directed investigation is a routine, and expected, element of any competent defense,"...
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