Disney, Others, Sue Hotfile For Infringing on Copyrights
Disney has joined with Twentieth Century Fox, Universal, Columbia Pictures, and Warner Brothers in bringing suit against the Panamanian-based company, saying that the site encourages users to upload and share copyrighted media, including TV shows and films.
Rather than peer-to-peer sharing, Hotfile uses the concept of “cyberlockers” in which content is “stored” for users. To access the content uploaded by other users, subscribers must pay a monthly fee.
The practice of sharing copyrighted content, especially for a fee, is seen as eating into the profits of the studios.