Today Paypal took action to terminate it’s relationship with Hotfile.
Hotfile is one of the largest sites on the Internet. A site which has attracted criticism from numerous anti-piracy groups, rights holder associations and rights holders. Having been embroiled in litigation over allegations it encouraged and facilitated copyright infringement it should have expected this day to come.
Unfortunately it is too often the case that where we find a blatant disregard of copyrights we also find a blatant disregard of human rights.
Recently a young woman was raped in the presence of her partner on a bus in India, a crime which took the life of an innocent victim. The case sent shockwaves around the world as it was noted for it’s savagery and ferociousness. At the same time as the world condemned the mistreatment of women, Hotfile was busy allowing people to share content purporting to depict rape, torture, incest and bestiality.
While the MPAA was taking Hotfile to task for breaches of copyright, we took a holistic view of the systemic problems with the Hotfile service. After substantial examination and research we came up with one simple conclusion. Hotfile is a haven for the sharing of copyright and illegal content.
Paypal took the appropriate action against Hotfile and we would encourage any other payment processor considering doing business with this site to think twice before allowing Hotfile to continue.
We have captured a number of screenshots to illustrate the problems we found with Hotfile. These are a representative sample of problematic content being shared on the site. We have decided not to publish the most disturbing of what we found, however we believe that the examples below are bad enough.
We found no shortage of copyright infringement at Hotfile. Popular titles such as Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Windows, Hollywood Movies, TV Shows, Popular Music and a whole lot more are shared routinely on the site.
We also found a great deal of content which purported to be illegal in nature. Titles depict rape, incest, torture and bestiality.
Do not download these files as doing so is likely to be illegal.