Action figures that absolutely can’t be used in the upcoming MPAA v. Hotfile trial. lamont_cranston / flickr In years past, the Motion Picture Association of America has had success in shutting down peer-to-peer file-sharing sites like Napster, Grokster Kazaa, and recently, Isohunt.

Then the MPAA turned its attention to so-called “cyberlocker” sites that allow for easy sharing of large files, including copyrighted files. In 2011, the group filed a lawsuit (PDF) against Hotfile and its alleged manager Anton Titov, saying the site had encouraged its users to infringe copyright on a “massive” scale.

Among other things, Hotfile had an incentive program that paid its users to steer downloaders toward content they had stored on Hotfile. “Their files are indeed ‘hot,’ as in ‘stolen,'” said MPAA’s general counsel at the time. That type of tough talk is likely to remain in the entertainment industry’s statements on the case, but it won’t be allowed in court. During the Hotfile jury trial, scheduled to begin Monday Dec. 9, MPAA lawyers won’t be allowed to use the terms “piracy,” “theft,” “stealing,” or any derivatives of those words.     

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