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December 29, 2014, 2:48 pm
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An anonymous reader writes with this excerpt from Tech Dirt: For years,
we've pointed out that the giant 'settlements' that the MPAA likes to
announce with companies it declares illegal are little more than
Hollywood-style fabrications. Cases are closed with big press releases
throwing around huge settlement numbers, knowing full well that the
sites in question don't have anywhere near that kind of money available.
At the end of 2013, it got two of these, with IsoHunt agreeing to 'pay'
$110 million and Hotfile agreeing to 'pay' $80 million. In both cases,
we noted that there was no chance that those sums would ever get paid.
And now, thanks to the Sony hack, we at least know the details of the
Hotfile settlement. TorrentFreak has been combing through the emails
and found that the Hotfile settlement was really just for $4 million,
and the $80 million was just a bogus number agreed to for the sake of a
press release that the MPAA could use to intimidate others.
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