Shawn Hogan

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This article is about the American businessman. For the South African darts player, see Shawn Hogan (darts player). For the Canadian singer-songwriter, see Sean Hogan.

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,[1] 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.[2] Hogan was paid over $28 million in affiliate commissions by eBay.[3] 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.[4] as of 2012 Hogan was being prosecuted,[5] and is free on $100,000 bond.[6] On May 2, 2014, Hogan was sentenced to five months in a Federal prison, a $25,000 fine and three years probation.[citation needed]


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