Hotfile turns tables, accuses Warner Brothers of DMCA abuse

13 09 2011

The Cyberlocker site Hotfile, which has been in Hollywood’s crosshairs since February, has returned fire with a focus on one of its five adversaries. In a response and countersuit, Hotfile charges that Warner Brothers violated the DMCA by repeatedly and willfully demanding the removal of Hotfile content that it did not own.

The Hotfile battle centers on the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Hotfile claims it’s just an ordinary file hosting service that complies with the DMCA’s notice-and-takedown procedure and therefore qualifies for immunity from copyright liability. Hollywood studios have objected that Hotfile’s business practices disqualify the site from the safe harbor.


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