Via Gautham Nageth from The Hill, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has fired off another courtroom missile in its war against piracy:
The Motion Picture Association of American filed a lawsuit Tuesday on behalf of several member studios against the file-sharing service Hotfile for copyright infringement.
“In less than two years Hotfile has become one of the 100 most trafficked sites in the world. That is a direct result of the massive digital theft that Hotfile promotes,” said MPAA chief content protection officer Daniel Mandil.
Over at TechDirt, Mike Masnick is unimpressed with the suit:
Basically, the MPAA and the big studios it represents have decided they don’t like the fact that Hotfile isn’t protecting their business model and have decided that, therefore, it must be illegal. But that’s not how the law works. It’s entirely possible that a court will get blinded by the “but… but… piracy” aspect of this lawsuit. But looking through the details, I’m really shocked at the lack of any actual evidence for direct or contributory infringement.
Part of FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski’s net neutrality proposal is the flexibility for Internet Service Providers to use “reasonable network management.” Just what counts as reasonable has yet to be decided, but the Motion Picture Association of America — which has long complained about the pirating of content over the Internet—believes policing for copyright infringement should absolutely fall under the definition. From PC Mag:
[F]reedom of flexibility, two MPAA executives wrote on Friday, should be interpreted to allow U.S. ISPs to take measures to prevent copyrighted data from being pirated and sent around the Internet. The letter was co-authored by Michael O’Leary, the MPAA’s executive vice president of government relations and chief counsel, and Frank Cavaliere, vice president and senior counsel for government relations and policy for the MPAA.
Not only would the anti-piracy measures help promote the U.S. film economy, the two wrote, but eliminating the spread of copyrighted video files would also reduce the amount of traffic being passed over the nation’s networks, reducing the overall load. Both O’Leary and Cavaliere also tried to make clear that they were not pushing for specific solutions, but the latitude to allow the industry to develop and deploy its own measures.