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As bandwidth and storage capacity have increased, so have the capabilities of file-hosting services. Perhaps inevitably, not only are they used for the storage personal files, but increasingly for the distribution of movies, music, games and software.

Although the MPAA and RIAA have named two of the market leaders – RapidShare and MegaUpload – as ‘rogue’, to date both sites have avoided becoming a target for litigation from the pair. The same cannot be said about Hotfile.

“In less than two years, Hotfile has become one of the 100 most trafficked sites in the world,” said the MPAA when announcing its lawsuit against the company. “That is a direct result of the massive digital theft that Hotfile promotes.”

Furthermore, the MPAA insists that Hotfile’s business model encourages users to upload “illegal copies of motion pictures and TV shows to its servers.” Even if this statement is true – and there’s no evidence presented thus far to prove it is – a development this week suggests that Hotfile is taking its DMCA responsibilities seriously.

“Those idiots closed my Hotfile account,” one premium account holder told TorrentFreak earlier today. “No warning and now i’m just shut out. All my files are gone, everything.”

This is clearly not an isolated incident. On the contrary, recent Hotfile account suspensions are widespread. This morning TorrentFreak was invited to a private IRC channel and there we had a chat with individuals who had all lost premium accounts this week.

In our discussions with these and other people affected by the account suspensions, a common theme was developing. All had been operating premium accounts at Hotfile for some time, some of them for two years. Movies and TV shows were the major items being uploaded and all individuals were being paid weekly through Hotfile’s reward program.

Then this week they were all locked out of their accounts, only to be greeted by the following message:

Suspended

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Although the above message promises account holders more information by email, the truth is that the message being sent says very little indeed.

Terminated

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Hotfile aren’t answering any questions on the matter which is fairly normal since Hotfile rarely respond to any questions, their account holders tell us. Nevertheless, it is very clear that not only are the accounts closed, but all the files stored in them have been deleted too.

Another issue especially annoying to premium account holders is that they say that Hotfile owes them money earned in their rewards program. These are not always small amounts. Although we have spoken with people owed between $15 and $400, one individual says that he is owed more than $1,000.

A source told TorrentFreak that when it comes to taking down infringing files, Hotfile are one of the fastest file-hosters to do so, but these mass aggressive account suspensions are something new. For their part, Hotfile say that they have always terminated the accounts of users who have repeatedly infringed copyright since their Terms of Service forbid users from doing so. However, it appears that they will now go further.

“Recently, we have become concerned that despite these policies, some users persist in attempting to use Hotfile.com to share materials to which they do not have the necessary rights,” the company said in a statement. “Therefore, we have implemented a more aggressive policy of terminating the accounts of users who are the subject of repeated complaints of infringement.”

In the face of this more aggressive stance by Hotfile, TorrentFreak is informed that UserShare.net and FileSonic could be favored by those we spoke with earlier, although there are dozens of alternatives ready to take up the slack.

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grr. I renewed my hotfile account only a few months ago. I wont renew again, but its disappointing to know that I will waste a lot of money now because everyone will stop using hotfile.

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There is not enough time to fight back. Things all over the earth are about to get very disturbing in many different ways. For example....look into what the sun is doing. Fascinating times indeed.

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No worries. Even if we face extinction, our knowledge is pretty much safe right now and the new humans that will emerge from the few that survive will not have to re-discover everything :D You see, nothing worse than dying is possible ;)

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No worries. Even if we face extinction, our knowledge is pretty much safe right now and the new humans that will emerge from the few that survive will not have to re-discover everything :D You see, nothing worse than dying is possible ;)

Agreed. Even if it all ends, it cannot be zero. Forget about Universe, Earth itself keeps following it's journey one way or the other. All those predictions about it all coming to end are nothing but unrealistic myths. It's also one way to take away the realities of the life. Some just sit there thinking that what's use of doing it/improving it if it's all gonna end. If there's global warming, fight it man, don't take it as see what the hell is happening and making more theories about destruction. Instead ask yourself what you have done today to help fight it.

ANW, getting bit off topic. :P

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Yeah, probably Hotfile are trying to do some cleaning to impress the MPAA "ladies" in USA. I'm sure they had a good reason when they paid people with that kind of money, it's clear they brought profit to the site. Will probably continue to ban only a small percent of infringing accounts (but make news out of it, so it seems more than it actually is), so they'll still make a nice profit and the same time satisfy the demand for "blood".

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@ toyo my good man i like these words, please pour some more words like these in this good forums so that like me learn it man

Hotfile are trying to do some cleaning to impress the MPAA "ladies" in USA
:rofl: :lmao:
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If there are enough guys that want to read my rants, I'll write a book - but only if you will promise to buy and not to share it (especially by uploading on Hotlfile)!

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If there are enough guys that want to read my rants, I'll write a book - but only if you will promise to buy and not to share it (especially by uploading on Hotlfile)!

:rofl: oh come on dude do not speak like a good boy. :angelnot: after all we are here to sharing thing, after all sharing is caring you know. :pirate:

ps: i just said this becoz you mentioned about purchasing the book. :dance:

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