The copyright fight is alive and well — not that there was ever any doubt.
After the high-profile shutdown of Megaupload, the Motion Picture Association of America is going after another file-sharing service, according to TorrentFreak. Panama-based Hotfile has been fighting Hollywood in court for a while, and this week the MPAA filed a motion for a summary judgment. The MPAA likens Hotfile to Megaupload, the “cyberlocker” site that was shut down in January, a day after the Internet-blackout protest against the Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect IP Act. (See In the World Wild Web, Anonymous, Megaupload, SOPA all play a part. By the way, the United States is reportedly seeking the extradition of Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom.) Hotfile is being accused of enabling infringment; on its website, Hotfile says it complies with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and that it takes down content that infringes on copyright.
The news about the MPAA’s latest action comes on the same week that the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), the international treaty that aims to standardize anti-piracy rules, was opened to the public. Rep. Darrell Issa, R.-Calif., put the text of ACTA on his website Tuesday, inviting public comment. ACTA has inspired online and offline protests in Europe, with opponents criticizing the lack of transparency over its negotiation, and saying it could harm tech innovation and lead to censorship. In a statement from Issa’s office emailed to GMSV and many others, Issa claims “ACTA was negotiated in secret by the Bush and Obama Administrations and attempts to regulate the Internet with potentially serious consequences for consumer privacy, e-commerce and digital innovation.”
Issa also was a critic of SOPA and PIPA and has proposed alternate legislation in the House called the Online Protection and Enforcement of Digital Trade (OPEN) Act. The OPEN Act is supported by Google, Yahoo and other tech companies that were opposed to SOPA and PIPA, and has received a somewhat warmer reception from other observers of the ongoing fight against copyright infringement. (See Quoted: the day after SOPA protests, talking OPEN.)