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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Hotfile Became Aggressive To Illegal Uploaders

Hotfile Became Aggressive To Illegal Uploaders

Hotfile Became Aggressive To Illegal Uploaders

Added: Friday, February 25th, 2011
Category: Bit Torrent Freedom > The Right To Share
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
One of the most popular file-hosters, Hotfile, suddenly took a tougher stance on copyright violations. The suspicions are that it has something to do with the litigation instigated by the MPAA. Within the last week, Hotfile has deleted many premium accounts, together with all their files. Moreover, the service is reportedly refusing to pay out the money the deleted accounts have earned in its rewards program.

Although the entertainment industry has labeled a couple of the file-sharing market leaders – MegaUpload and RapidShare – “rogue”, thus far both of the services haven’t been litigated from the MPAA or RIAA. However, the same can’t be said about file-hoster Hotfile.

The MPAA has launched a lawsuit against Hotfile, claiming that the service had become one of the 100 most trafficked websites worldwide only thanks to the massive digital theft it encouraged. However, the event of this week proves that the file-hoster is taking its DMCA responsibilities seriously.

Recent Hotfile account suspensions became widespread, with a common theme developing among all the suspended users: films and TV shows were the major files uploaded. In addition, all of the premium account owners were being paid through the site’s reward program.

Although Hotfile didn’t comment on the issue, which is quite normal for it, it’s clear that all the files stored in the suspended accounts have gone as well. Meanwhile, premium account holders are particularly annoyed that the website owes them money earned in their rewards program, which are not small amounts, but rather hundreds of dollars.

Actually, Hotfile is claimed to be one of the fastest file-hosters to close down accounts uploading illegal content. However, it never went for such mass aggressive suspensions. In its turn, the website assured that it had always terminated the accounts caught for copyright infringement, because Hotfile’s Terms of Service don’t allow users to do so. Additionally, the company said in a statement that it has recently become concerned that despite its policy, some of the premium users kept using the service to share content to which they don’t own rights. That’s how Hotfile explained the implementation of a more aggressive policy of deleting the accounts suspected of repeating infringement.

Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article

February 25th,2011

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Date:  Friday, February 25th, 2011

Comments (1) (please add your comment »)

posted by ET junkiemen (2011-02-25 20:21:19)
LocoMucho avatarThanks for this article SaM.
About this,hotfile is always be and stay a big crap of filehoster and they reward program is the worst thing i've ever see.They don't count downloads from all country like others and as downloads counts goes up,ranking goes down.Many premium user will not be paid because of their new "policy".
I didn't like hotfile from the start.

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