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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Lawsuit Launched Against Cyberlocker, Its Users and PayPal

Lawsuit Launched Against Cyberlocker, Its Users and PayPal

Lawsuit Launched Against Cyberlocker, Its Users and PayPal

Added: Thursday, January 20th, 2011
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Ridiculous Criminal Trials
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
The movie studio that achieved the settlement against a BitTorrent user in December 2010 now turned to cyberlocker-based infringement. Liberty Media has now filed a lawsuit against cyberlocker Hotfile and 1000 of the site’s users. In addition, PayPal is also named in the lawsuit, as well as the demand for the service to freeze Hotfile’s account. Finally, the court is demanded to seize cyberlocker’s domain.

Liberty Media Holdings filed a lawsuit 2 weeks ago, starting a potentially large case against Hotfile. The plaintiffs describe Hotfile Corp as a Panamanian company that has no physical presence in that country. Instead, Hotfile is accused of obfuscating the facts of its location and principals. The information known up to date is the name and nationality of Hotfile’s owner: Anton Titov, Russian. The movie studio also pointed out that he may be a resident of Bulgaria or The Netherlands, and reside in Florida.

In addition, a company Lemuria Communications is also in the list of defendants, for it is claimed to be cyberlocker’s webhost and Anton Titov’s alter ego. Meanwhile, Hotfile is claimed to operate servers located in Dallas, Texas and Florida. Then, Liberty goes on to list a thousand of “John Doe” defendants alleged in reproduction and distribution of a number of studio-owned works via Hotfile.com.

As if it’s not enough, PayPal is also listed as a defendant, because it offers financial services to all the above mentioned defendants: Hotfile, Titov and Lemuria. Therefore, the movie studio wants the court to order PayPal freeze defendants’ assets pending the final court decision.

Liberty Media Holdings claims that although Hotfile may have legitimate uses, its major aim is still to profit from the unauthorized sharing of copyrighted content, much of which belongs to Liberty. The plaintiffs say that the content is placed at Hotfile by “an army of affiliates,” involved in joint business model. Meanwhile, only cyberlocker and its assistants profit from this business model, but not copyright holders.

The plaintiffs said that it managed to discover about 2,500 links to 800 of its works hosted on Hotfile, which used Lemuria’s servers to achieve its “unlawful goals”. Finally, demanding for a jury trial, Liberty accuses Hotfile of copyright infringement and asks for statutory damages of $150,000 per each stolen work. Meanwhile, Hotfile’s domain is requested to be seized pending the outcome of the case.

Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article

January 20th ,2011

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Date:  Thursday, January 20th, 2011

Comments (1) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2011-01-21 18:38:13)
No avatargood! let all those money sharks give money back to the rightfull owners of the product. the music/movie companies are bad, but commercial-internet companies and isp's are just as bad. isp's just don't want to cooperate because they earn to much money on the downloaders. i am glad they are doing it this way.
give ceo's a straightforward salary without bonus. give every shark a normal salary and the world will evolve better on it's own. make people less greedy. a combination between liberalisme and communisme is what the world needs

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