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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > File-Hosting Service Hit with $1 Million Piracy Lawsuit

File-Hosting Service Hit with $1 Million Piracy Lawsuit

File-Hosting Service Hit with $1 Million Piracy Lawsuit

Added: Friday, May 31st, 2013
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, www.extrattorrent.com, 2013
File-storing portal FileServe is sued by the production company over the independent film American Cowslip. The movie producers accuse the website of a number of copyright infringement related charges and demand over $1,000,000 dollars in damages.


This is a common practice within the past years – a number of file-hosting portals have been taken to court in the United States, including MegaUpload, RapidShare and Hotfile. Their cases differ in nature, but all companies were accused of facilitating copyright violation via their services. Now FileServe also faces trouble in court. Last week the Virgin Islands-based site was sued by Cowslip Film Partners, the producers of the indie film American Cowslip. FileServe is accused of many copyright related offenses, the main ones being inducement and contributory infringement. According to the complaint, the company profits from selling subscriptions to pirated content.

The moviemakers claim that FileServe is well aware that its services are being used to illegally copy and distribute large amounts of infringing content, and since it receives money for immediate access to the copyrighted content stored on its servers, it is a distributor and seller of pirated materials. However, this statement makes every cloud hosting service a “pirate site”. In the meanwhile, the film producers pointed out that they have advised FileServe it stored illegal copies, but that the site failed to take action. It is unclear whether those notices were formed as proper DMCA takedown requests with specific files listed.

The movie studio believes that the file-hosting service is responsible for the distribution of the illegal copies and demands a jury trial. It demands $1,000,000 in damages and $150,000 in statutory damages for each case of infringement. In the meantime, industry observers admit that it isn’t the first time that FileServe is called a “rogue” service - last year Paramount Pictures also classified the portal as one of the main candidates to be closed down within future US government action.

However, this lawsuit comes as a surprise taking into account that the portal no longer allows users to share files in public – the policy was changed right after the MegaUpload raids. Now the service only allows users to download their own files.

Thanks to TorrentFreak for the source of the article

May 31st,2013

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Date:  Friday, May 31st, 2013

Comments (4) (please add your comment »)

posted by ET junkieET lovermen (2013-05-31 19:56:19)
wingit3 avatarIf this bigot is banned, why is he still able to log in and post this racist trash.???????

posted by ET junkieET loverTurtle (2013-06-01 02:19:51)
fusseltier avatarif they made quality products, maybe more would be bought.
and besides that, they aren't losing money anyway.

posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendET lover (2013-06-01 05:43:38)
Nan1977asdl avatarSeems that they have got more interest in making money after the MegaUpload case.

posted by (2013-06-01 09:04:08)
ausy77 avatardelighted profit from it and this is what happens..

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