Hotfile Case Will Shape Copyright Law Online

Law360, New York (February 10, 2014, 12:20 PM EST) -- In a recent win for content owners that will surely shape copyright law online, Hotfile, a popular online file storage and download service, and its owner were ordered by a federal court in Florida to pay several major film studios $80 million for secondary copyright infringement. The case is Disney Enterprises Inc. et al. v. Hotfile Corp., Case No. 1:11-cv-20427-KMW (S.D. Fla. filed Feb. 8, 2011).

The case began in February 2011, when several major film studios — including Disney, Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp., Columbia Pictures Industries Inc. and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. — sued Hotfile alleging direct and secondary...

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