[LINK] itNews: 'File lockers scurry after Megaupload arrests'
Roger.Clarke at xamax.com.au
Tue Jan 24 08:47:41 EST 2012
[Where are we now - 54 cloud outages and counting?
[If God wanted to demonstrate that cloudsourcing isn't ready for
prime time, she would do the following:
- empower the courts to mount DOS attacks against all services
offered by cloudsourcers if some portion of those services
are judged to be in breach of the law
- cause timid cloudsourcers to renege on the deals that their
customers thought they had, and deny access to services
[Or maybe cloudsourcing simply isn't a viable approach to computing?
File lockers scurry after Megaupload arrests
Jan 24, 2012 7:28 AM (45 minutes ago)
Several large digital file locker services have shut shop or cut
file-sharing and affiliate features following last weekend's dramatic
arrest of Megaupload's operators.
On Sunday, Filesonic, one of the largest file sharing locker services
disabled all sharing functionality, limiting account holders' access
to files that they uploaded personally.
Filesonic is one of the top 10 file-sharing sites in the world and,
like Megaupload, it appears to be based in Hong Kong and has servers
in the US, according to the TorrentFreak blog.
Several other digital file locker sites have also limited services or
closed affiliate programs designed to reward those for uploading
content, including another large service, Fileserve, according to
reports on Reddit.
A list of all the file sharing locker services purported to have shut
or in the process of doing so has been posted on Pastebin.
The second largest file locker service in the world, RapidShare, has
said it is not concerned about suffering the same fate as Megaupload,
releasing an explanation on its Facebook page on Saturday.
"One of the main differences between RapidShare and Megaupload is
that we never wanted to escape from the legal access of any
administration," it said.
"RapidShare AG was founded in Switzerland, was always based at the
address cited in the imprint and was always managed with an authentic
name without any anonymous intermediary companies.
"The drastic measures against Megaupload were obviously seen as
necessary by the FBI because the situation was different there."
Megaupload's operators were indicted under US law for allegedly
"engaging in a racketeering conspiracy, conspiring to commit
copyright infringement, conspiring to commit money laundering and two
substantive counts of criminal copyright infringement."
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