A few months ago, 1 bitcoin was like $13. Now it's like $87. All this does is validate BC as a legitimate currency, and because of that...the whole thing has explored. A new hype/bubble? Perhaps. Time will tell.
I'd be interested in picking that album up. I love it when hip-hop artists step outside their comfort zones and try something different. Worked well for Mos Def, Atmosphere, Eyedea & Abilities...to name a few.
Now the tough decision...do I buy it to show there's support for this album or jump on the "FUCK UNIVERSAL" bandwagon and just pirate it?
Agreed...but there's no way HotFile can know who has the rights to what. There will be obvious items. Such as WB trying to take down a Linux distribution. But what if the newest Batman was made by 20th Century Fox but WB has the distribution rights? There's just no way for HotFile to be able to know that.
"The only thing I'm not sure about here, though, is whether or not Hotfile actually has standing to bring such a claim. I would have thought that it had to be done by the actual copyright holder of the content taken down (or someone else injured by such a takedown)."
How wouldn't HotFile be injured by that? It make their service look completely unreliable simple for trying to comply with take-down clause in the DMCA safe harbors.