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August 29, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Taking a new tack in its war against pirate websites, the Motion Picture Association of America on Wednesday won a major court victory in federal court in Florida against the website Hotfile after claiming that it violated studio copyrights by encouraging users to upload infringing content to its site. “We applaud the court for recognizing that HotFile was not simply a storage locker, but an entire business model built on mass distribution of stolen content,” MPAA CEO Chris Dodd said in a statement. While HotFile is expected to appeal,, the website that tracks BitTorrent usage, commented that in the meantime, the judgment could be regarded as “a landmark … that may have negative implications for other file-hosting sites.”