Sharing Sites Infringed Studios' Copyrights, 9th Circ. Says

By Scott Flaherty (March 21, 2013, 6:51 PM EDT) -- The Ninth Circuit ruled Thursday that an operator of websites that link to BitTorrent files used for peer-to-peer file-sharing contributed to the infringement of copyrights held by a host of major film studios, including Columbia Pictures Industries Inc. and Disney Enterprises Inc.

The appeals court upheld most of a lower court's summary judgment ruling in favor of the movie studios — which include Columbia, Disney, Paramount Pictures Corp., Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp. and others — finding that isoHunt Web Technologies Inc. and owner Gary Fung contributed to copyright infringement by running websites that linked to BitTorrent files.

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