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December 4, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The file-sharing site Hotfile on Tuesday agreed to pay $80 million to Hollywood’s movie studios to settle a copyright infringement lawsuit brought against it. The site also agreed to use “digital fingerprinting” technology to filter out any other pirated material. In a statement, Christopher Dodd, CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), which filed the lawsuit, said that the outcome “is another important step toward protecting an Internet that works for everyone.” Hotfile posted this notice on its website: “As a result of a United States federal court having found to be in violation of copyright law, the site has been permanently shut down.” It added, “If you are looking for your favorite movies or TV shows online, there are more ways than ever today to get high quality access to them on legal platforms.” Hotfile, which launched in 2009, had signed up 5.3 million users who had stored 123 million files on its servers. The MPAA had claimed that more than 90 percent of them represented infringing material. In a related matter, a man described in news reports as “Britain’s most prolific downloader,” has been sentenced to 18 months in prison after being arrested last year at his residence where he had set up an assembly line of computers containing an estimated 150,000 movies on their hard drives. The man, 52-year-old Keith Tamkin, had pleaded guilty to one count of copyright infringement, two of money laundering and one of transferring criminal property.