Filesonic and others Spooked by MegaUpload Shutdown; Reducing File-Sharing
Here's a follow-up article to the one we ran previously regarding the shutdown of MegaUpload file sharing. Some of MegaUpload's rivals are running scared from the US Department of Justice, and who can blame them? In the wake of the shutdown of MegaUpload by the DoJ, FileSonic and Uploaded.to have dramatically curtailed their file-sharing services in order to try and get off the radar of the US Government. Both sites took different tactics to protect themselves, and neither of them issued any formal public statements about the issue.
FileSonic simply stopped any new sharing, and posted the statement, “our services can only be used to upload and retrieve files that you have uploaded personally." They also completely stopped their program where affiliates could get paid the more times that their files were downloaded. Uploaded.to had a different approach, their site is simply inaccessible from any IP address within the United States, but you can still access their services elsewhere in the world. If you try to access their services from within the US you get the following message, “Our service is currently unavailable in your country. Sorry about that.”
In an interesting twist, there were a lot of legitimate users of MegaUpload that used the service to store and share their own personal files, so there was an outcry on the internet because innocent users were unable to get access to their cloud-based content anymore. Because of all of this, the notorious hacker group, Anonymous, lead a massive Denial of Service DDoS attack against the Department of Justice, RIAA, MPAA and a few other sites, leading to these sites being shutdown temporarily.
This is definitely a complex issue which dances back and forth across lines of free-speech vs. protection of intellectual property. It's a contentious quandary when things become so morally gray. We want to hear your perspective, but please remember to share your opinions in a polite and respectful manner.