by Mike Masnick
Tue, Dec 3rd 2013 7:53pm
Following about a month and a half after the MPAA got IsoHunt to "settle" for $110 million (and to shut down), the anti-innovation lobbyists can now cheer about getting a similar "settlement" out of Hotfile, this time for $80 million which will never be paid (and certainly, no actual artists will see any of it). Hotfile had already lost the key ruling in court, which will now effectively place massive liability on any digital storage locker online. The MPAA will put out its press releases and bogus statements about how this will show other sites that they can't "get away with" enabling infringement, even as a dozen similar sites will pop up overseas where they'll be even less concerned with what the MPAA has to say. There seems to be no point in this, other than the MPAA shutting down the kind of innovations that consumers clearly have shown that they want. It makes no sense. The MPAA thinks that this will scare off other similar sites, but in their decades of "fighting piracy," that has never happened. Each one of these victories leads to... more such sites appearing, though in ways that are harder to shut down, less respect for the legacy Hollywood studios, and a general feeling that Hollywood refuses to adapt and compete. It's a braindead strategy that never made sense. I don't see how it's a victory for anyone. It won't decrease the amount of infringement. It won't stop cyberlockers. It won't help consumers. It won't help movie makers. It won't do anything, other than letting the MPAA declare victory.
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