Duke University Law professor and Creative Commons advocate James Boyle found out that the two most downloaded files on Hotfile are open source softwares, TorrentFreak reports. If he is right, this would refute the MPAA‘s controversial claim that “nearly every Hotfile user is engaged in copyright infringement.”
According to Boyle’s findings, the open-source applications iREB and Sn0wbreeze were likely the most shared files on Hotfile, with respectively 885,583 and 629,783 downloads.
Nur falls beim nächsten Fall, der Megaupload ähnelt, wieder Pseudodifferenzierer um die Ecke kommen, die meinen, Hoster mit Werbung und Affiliate-Programmen würden nie, niemals nie, für legale Zwecke eingesetzt.
Professor James Boyle über das Affiliate-Programm von Hotfile, das dem von Megaupload ähnelte:
Interestingly, Boyle also points out that licit uses also give Hotfile’s Affiliate program a new legitimacy. While the MPAA and others claim that it serves as a financial incentive for copyright infringers, it is also a way for developers to monetize the programs they make available. “This suggests that the Hotfile Affiliate program is capable of fulfilling the valuable function of compensating authors and distributors,” Boyle explains.