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File Sharing Site Hotfile Sues Warner Bros. for Copyright Abuse

Popular online file sharing platform Hotfile has filed a lawsuit against Hollywood studio Warner Bros. for allegedly abusing its anti-piracy tool.

Hotfile is used by millions around the world to store their files and even share them online. Hollywood studios had earlier launched a massive legal attack on Hotfile, accusing it of violating copyright laws on a daily basis.

The file sharing service, which is based out of Florida, accused Warner Bros. of abuse and fraud and claimed that it has misused the anti-piracy tool that Hotfile had created specifically for the studio.

The lawsuit filed by Hotfile claims that Warner Bros. allegedly took down files to which it did not owned, including open source software and even game demos. Hotfile said that the studio continued taking down files illegally even after being informed of what it was doing.

“Not only has Warner (along with four other major motion picture studios) filed this unfounded and contrived litigation against Hotfile employing overly aggressive tactics, Warner has made repeated, reckless and irresponsible misrepresentations to Hotfile falsely claiming to own copyrights in material from” Hotfile’s complaint read.

“Worse, Warner continued to make these misrepresentations even after Hotfile explicitly brought this rampant abuse to Warner’s attention, ruling out any possibility that its wrongful actions were accidental or unknowing,” it added.

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Ravi Mandalla was ITProPortal's Sub Editor (and a contributing writer) for two years from 2011. Based in Ahmedabad, India, Ravi is now the owner and founder of Parity Media Pvt. Ltd., a news and media company, which specializes in online publishing, technology news and analysis, reviews, web site traffic growth, web site UI. Ravi lists his specialist subjects as: Enterprise, IT, Technology, Gadgets, Business, High Net Worth Individuals, Online Publishing, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, News, Reviews, Audio, Video, and Multi-Media. He has also previously worked as Dy. Manager - IT Security at (n)Code Solutions.