FileSonic Online File Sharing Disabled In Fear Of Being Busted
As we all know (or if you still don’t know), Megaupload CEO and founder Kim Schmitz (also known as Kim Dotcom) was busted last week by US Federal Bureau of Investigation. The website Megaupload is now facing criminal charges for copyright infringement and racketeering. And if you try to visit their website now, you will notice this landing page (see image below) from US Department of Justice showing that the domain has been seized. And because of this incident, other online cloud services are now in fear of ending like Megaupload’s fate. Hence, they are now starting to disable their online file sharing services and one of them that I have spotted yesterday was FileSonic. They have now a notification banner on their official website that they have now disabled file sharing from their website.
FileSonic is now allowing their registered users to use their cloud services for personal use. This means that if you are a registered FileSonci users, you can no longer share your files online with other people to download. You can only upload or download your own files. This move made by Filesonic is to ensure that their services will not be used for distributing copyrighted files or materials over the Internet and avoid infringement complaints and violating any laws. This is actually a good move from FileSonic to protect their reputation and for them to keep their business in the industry. However, I am sure this will affect some of their users especially for those who depended on this free online cloud services like the bloggers. How? Some of them have limited disk space or limited bandwidth from their web hosting and the onloy resort they have is these free online services. Now, they have to find another alternative way to move their files or upgrade their web hosting subscription. I know it would really hurt your budget a lot but I don’t think we need to expect a lot for a service that is being offered FREE. We always need to have our alternative plan in cases like this.
So what about the other cloud services? What are they planning now to avoid the same fate as with Megaupload? Here’s what I have learned so far:
- MegaUpload – Seized and decommissioned.
- Rapidshare – Plans nor Status is still unknown
- FileServe – Closing does not sell premium. File sharing already disabled.
- FileJungle – Deleting files. Locked in the U.S.
- UploadStation – Locked in the U.S.
- FileSonic – the news is arbitrary (under FBI investigation). No longer allows sharing files.
- VideoBB – Closed! would disappear soon.
- Uploaded – Banned U.S. and the FBI went after the owners who are gone.
- FilePost – Deleting all material (will leave executables, pdfs, txts)
- Videoz – closed and locked in the countries affiliated with the USA.
- 4shared – Deleting files with copyright and waits in line at the FBI.
- MediaFire – Called to testify in the next 90 days.