Shawn D. Hogan (born September 1, 1975) is the founder and CEO of Digital Point Solutions, a San Diego-based business software provider. He became well-known when the article 'Shawn Hogan, Hero' appeared in the August 2006 edition of the magazine Wired, detailing his firm stand against an MPAA lawsuit.
Accused of downloading the motion picture, Meet the Fockers, via the BitTorrent network, he received a call in November 2005 from an MPAA lawyer explaining that he was being sued, and that the MPAA would settle for $2,500.
Hogan maintains his innocence, pointing out that he owns a legitimate copy of the DVD. The case is unusual in that Hogan, as a millionaire, has been willing to risk the substantial legal fees on this point of principle. As he told Wired magazine, "They’re completely abusing the system... I would spend well into the millions on this."
However, in August 2007, Hogan quietly settled with Universal, and S.D. Cal. case no. CV 06-00545 was dismissed.
In August 2008, eBay filed suit against Hogan and two other men accusing them of defrauding eBay and eBay affiliates in a cookie stuffing scheme. Hogan was paid over $28 million in affiliate commissions by eBay. On 24 June 2010, based on the same allegations and following an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), a grand jury indicted Hogan on charges of wire fraud and criminal forfeiture. as of 2012 Hogan is presently being prosecuted, and is free on $100,000 bond.
- "Shawn Hogan, Hero". Wired (magazine). Retrieved 2008-08-31.
- "eBay Inc. v. Digital Point Solutions, Inc. et al.". dockets.justia.com. Retrieved 2008-08-31.
- Stevens, Kellie (29 June 2010). "Affiliates Indicted For Cookie Stuffing". ReveNews.com. Archived from the original on 2010-12-13. Retrieved 2010-12-13.
- "N.D. Cal. Criminal Case no. 10-0495 Indictment". "United States District Court for the Northern District of California". 24 June 2010.
- "Order Setting Conditions of Release". "United States District Court for the Northern District of California". 22 July 2010.
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