File-sharing Sites Cut Back on Sharing in the Aftermath of Crackdown on Megaupload

By on January 27, 2012

Just days after the US Justice Department closed down Megaupload, other popular file-sharing services have abruptly cut off the sharing of movies, games and other software through their servers.

File-sharing services, also referred to as digital lockers, enable users to easily upload, store and share large files on a server in the internet cloud. This includes movies, music, gaming applications, software tools, multimedia presentations and the like.

But digital locker companies  have not come up with a good way to consistently stop copyright infringement and as the result, they are often used as the platform to download copyright infringing materials, from the latest software to the latest Hollywood blockbusters.

With the federal shutdown of Megaupload, these other digital locker companies are scrambling to cut back on sharing content that could get them into legal trouble. Also gone is the affiliate rewards program many of these sites offer. This reward program pays its users a fee for getting other people to download the files that you upload to the site.

A check on some of these popular filesharing sites reveal their current statuses as of today:

MegaUpload Closed.

FileServe Multiple files have been deleted. Affiliate rewards program have been discontinued. Can only be used to upload and retrieve files that you have uploaded personally.

FileSonic Can only be used to upload and retrieve files that you have uploaded personally.

4shared Multiple files have been deleted. Affiliate rewards program have been discontinued.

FileJungle Multiple files have been deleted. Affiliate rewards program have been discontinued. Can only be used to upload and retrieve files that you have uploaded personally. Currently testing out blocking some USA IP addresses.

UploadStation Multiple files have been deleted. Affiliate rewards program have been discontinued. Can only be used to upload and retrieve files that you have uploaded personally. Currently testing out blocking some USA IP addresses.

VideoBB Affiliate rewards program have been discontinued.

Uploaded.to All U.S. IP addresses have been blocked, essentially blocking all U.S. users from visiting or using the site.

FilePost Started suspending accounts with infringing material. Can only be used to upload and retrieve files that you have uploaded personally.
Affiliate rewards program have been discontinued.

VideoZer Affiliate rewards program have been discontinued.

UploadBox Will be closing down, all files will be deleted on January 30th.

x7.to Have closed down.

There is a high probability that these other digital locker companies will share a similar fate to Megaupload if they are unable to prove that they are legitimately trying to combat piracy. The fact that the companies listed above have ceased the sharing functionality on their sites just goes to show that they probably haven’t done enough in the past.






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