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The war between file sharing programs like the ill-fated Kazaa and trade organisations such as the MPAA is a long and fated battle spanning many a year. Yesterday, this battle took another twist in favour of the trade organisation[1].

The Florida based file-hosting service Hotfile has been ordered by a federal court to:

“disclose user data, the identities and revenues of their top affiliates, and financial information on the company itself. District Court Judge Adalberto Jordan argued that the MPAA needs this info to prove that Hotfile is promoting and profiting from copyright infringement.”

The MPAA originally filed for copyright infringement on Hotfile on the 9th February 2011[2], which saw Hotfile update their policy of terminating accounts a few days later[3]. However this update appears to not have had the desired effect as the MPAA won all three of it’s aforementioned lawsuits against the firm in the recent hearing.

The main motive behind the move for the MPAA was their belief that Hotfile were consciously allowing their users and affiliates to infringe copyright law. As far as Torrent Freak are concerned – despite obtaining information on all those who uploaded and downloaded from the site[1] – they don’t believe that the MPAA will pursue charges to this end. They are most likely, Torrent Freak believe, to pursue them against the top affiliates for the website.

References:
[1] TorrentFreak – Hotfile ordered to share user data with the MPAA
[2] TorrentFreak – MPAA sues Hotfile Cyberlocker service
[3] Hotfile News Page.