A Prague court has ordered Czech file-sharing and hosting site Ulož.to to pay $46,000 in damages to local movie distributor CineMart. The file-sharing platform stood accused of unjust enrichment after one of its users uploaded a pirated film without permission. Uloz’s parent company describes the judgment as absurd and says it will appeal the decision.
To the global audience Ulož.to may not be well-known internationally but in the Czech Republic, it is huge.
The file-sharing and hosting service has millions of users and is listed as the 51st most-visited website in the country. In addition, its mobile apps are frequently used as well.
Like many other file storage platforms, Ulož can be used to share a wide variety of files. Copyright holders complain that many people abuse the platform to share pirated music, movies, and TV shows.
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