Online storage firm Hotfile has filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit brought against it by movie body the MPAA. Accused of both direct and indirect copyright infringement, Hotfile is denying both, citing famous cases of Sony Betamax and MGM v Grokster in the latter case. Hotfile’s motion also draws attention to the fact that its lack of a search function has been labelled as a sign of its piratical intentions. “Realizing that the uninterrupted line of active inducement cases all involved sites with built in search capability, the Studios try to twist the absence of a search box into ‘concealment’. Thus, according to the Studios, web hosts are damned if they allow search (as ‘active inducers’) and are damned (as ‘concealers’) if they don’t,” says the company. Source: Digital Media Wire

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