A few days ago, the founder of Megaupload Kim Dotcom and several executives within the company were arrested and accused of being a part of a worldwide conspiracy designed to pirate copyrighted materials. The expensive assets accumulated by Dotcom and others suggest the individuals made quite a bit of money from running one of the biggest file sharing sites on the internet. The amount of attention Megauload has received has prompted other popular file sharing sites to rethink the way they do business before they suffer the same fate.
One such company is FileSonic which no longer allows users to share files with each other.
“All sharing functionality on FileSonic is now disabled,” a notice on the site reads. “Our service can only be used to upload and retrieve files that you have uploaded personally.”
FileServe, another file sharing service, has also limited downloads to those who initially uploaded the file in question.
Other sites such as VideoZer and VideoBB have supposedly begun deleting accounts for terms of service violations. They have also stopped supporting a rewards system for those who upload the most desired files.
I know for a fact sites such as VideoZer hosted files that were most likely not cleared by copyright holders. The services these sites used to provide probably won’t be back until the heat on Megaupload dies down.