Shawn D. Hogan (born September 1, 1975) is the founder and chief executive officer 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 a Motion Picture Association of America (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 was being prosecuted, and is free on $100,000 bond. On May 2, 2014, Hogan was sentenced to five months in a Federal prison, a $25,000 fine and three years probation.
- "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" (PDF). "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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