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Studios Get $110M Settlement From Shuttering Download Site

By | Thursday October 17, 2013 @ 9:44am PDT

Three weeks before a copyright infringement trial was set to begin, filesharing site isoHunt has agreed to shut down and pay out $110 million in a settlement to several Hollywood studios. The deal was proposed to a federal judge in a joint filing by the defendants as well as plaintiffs Columbia, DisneyParamount, Fox, Universal, TriStar and Warner Bros. “Today’s settlement is a major step forward in realizing the enormous potential of the Internet as a platform for legitimate commerce and innovation,” said a pleased MPAA CEO Chris Dodd, Thursday in a statement. “It also sends a strong message that those who build businesses around encouraging, enabling, and helping others to commit copyright infringement are themselves infringers, and will be held accountable for their illegal actions.” Of course, for all that, there is no real indication where isoHunt founder Gary Fung will be getting the money or if the studios will actually see any of it. The studios first sued isoHunt and iFung back in 2006 just three years after isoHunt first started. They went after the site over copyright infringement on more than 21,000 pieces of their intellectual property that they ID’d on it. it was a long drawn out affair but things had not been looking good for Fung and isoHunt after the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in a … Read More »

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Studios’ Copyright Suit Against Download Site Gets Fall Trial Date

By | Friday August 9, 2013 @ 9:29am PDT

Nearly five months after scoring a big copyright win in Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Hollywood now has its day in court against isoHunt. In a trial that could see a multi-million dollar payout, Columbia, Disney, Paramount, Fox, Universal, TriStar and Warner Bros will face the BitTorrent site and its founder Gary Fung starting on November 5, a California-based US District judge decided earlier this week. And the studios, who first sued isoHunt back in 2007 over copyright infringement on more than 21,000 pieces of their intellectual property, don’t have to prove much to get a win. “Plaintiffs will need to prove that, for each work, they 1) owned the copyright; and 2) that an American user downloaded a Dot-Torrent file of that work from one of Defendants’ websites,” said Judge Steven Wilson in his August 7 order (read it here). A pre-trial conference is set for October 28.

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