More filesharing sites shutdown
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EDIT: The horrible stupid cheesy ass picture that comes up when you try to go to megaupload!


EDIT AGAIN: Ugh, if they delete my personal rips I need to redownload to my desktop offa my mediafire, I will seriously die. And if they delete everything else off there, well.... I will explode. AND THEN THE INTERNET, AS WE KNOW IT, SHALL END. OH MPAA, OH RIAA, Y U NO STOP RUINING OUR INTERNET?!
you guys mind seeing if my links still work? - http://www.mediafire.com/?fhyp0fprb7iuk5h


Summary: Only days after the Megaupload website was taken offline by U.S. authorities, similar businesses are scrambling to protect themselves before any action is taken against them.

File-sharing site FileSonic has announced that it is has disabled “all sharing functionality”, and that its service can “only be used to upload and retrieve files you have uploaded personally”.

The company’s Facebook page has also disappeared. According to users on Reddit, it is believed that many accounts and files were deleted today.

It is thought that this measure has been put in place in response to the wider crackdown on file-sharing sites by U.S. authorities.

U.S. and New Zealand authorities shut down one of the Web’s most popular online properties, Megaupload, last week. Its founders and three other employees were arrested and detained. They are awaiting extradition to the United States to face copyright infringement and money laundering charges.

Within a few hours of the news breaking, hacktivist collective Anonymous retaliated by attacking the websites of the RIAA, the MPAA, the FBI, and the U.S. Justice Department by way of denial-of-service attacks.

Late last week, Uploaded.to blocked all U.S. visitors from accessing its site as part of efforts to distance itself from U.S. jurisdiction.

Another popular file-sharing service, RapidShare, said in an interview with Ars Technica that it was “not concerned”, adding that, “file hosting itself is a legitimate business”. The file-sharing giant is based in Switzerland, and is “set up in a much more transparent way”.

RapidShare and FileSonic comply with DMCA requests, and both have dedicated staff to remove illegally uploaded content.

FileSonic did not respond to comments at the time of publication.

Here are the sites already on lock down:

Megaupload - closed

Fileserve - Closing, deleting multiple files, closed affiliate programs, deleting accounts even premium and paid ones.

Filesonic - (Owned by Fileserve) Deleting multiple files No longer allowing links to be shared, access to only personal files

FileJungle - (Owned by Fileserve) Deleting multiple files, testing out blocking IPs, blocked in the US.

UploadStation - (Owned by Fileserve) Deleting multiple files, testing out blocking IPs, locked in the US.

VideoBB - Closing, deleting content, closed affiliate program.

Uploaded.to – Not available in U.S. anymore, banning US IPs.

FilePost - Started suspending accounts with infringing material (doing what Hotfile did), deleting multiple files (will leave executables, pdfs, txts), hosted in the US so they are more likely to give up account/IPs.

Megashares - Deleting multiple files

Rapidshare - Has begun deleting files, but they are much slower than others and may not necessarily be related to this scare, just general house cleaning

Videoz - Closed and locked in the countries affiliated with the USA

Videozer - Deleting multiple files

ShareX BR - group UOL / BOL / iG say they will join the SOPA / PIPA

Network Share mIRC - Awaiting the decision of the case to continue or terminate Torrente everything

Org Torrent - Could vanish with everything within 30 days “under criminal investigation”

4shared - Deleting copyrighted files and waiting in line for FBI

Mediafire - Called to testify within the next 90 days; deleting multiple files and purging accounts

***Unaffected so far - Rapidshare, Megashares, BitShare, Netload, VidXDen, PutLocker, Minus, FileFactory, and DepositFiles.



Posted 1/24/12
Huh, that's actually a hell of a lot more than I thought. FBI seem to be really cracking down o.0 I don't see why they need to make such a big deal out of it...
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Posted 1/24/12
Stupid american government. At least only ruin the internet for their own country. Don't drag the whole world down with them.
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Posted 1/24/12
Was it so hard to save it as png? fuck
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I wouldn't take it too hard, just the front liners getting scared off. There's a whole army behind them. But I have to admit it seems to have a bigger effect than I expected.
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I hope the government realizes the Internet is a major source of economic success and is producing more jobs. Power to the grubby studios eh? America really has gone low.
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Posted 1/24/12
cool copy pasta from 4chan but media fire hasn't surrendered anything the rest are setting ip blocks however so meh.. shit happens
Posted 1/24/12
All money they temporarily make over this is going straight to the pockets of the major players in the industry. Over the price of slowing down the development of technology.

"More jobs will be created". We all know this is a time of financial crisis, they'll still use that as an excuse to work with the same work force, for the same pay, for the same amount work hours.

My company never gave me a single bonus whenever they got a new millionaire contract. If it starts raining money the first place the money reach is always the top of the buildings, and if there's someone up there, that person will definitely set a net to keep the money from falling any lower.
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Posted 1/24/12
OH SHIT THAT'S WHERE I GET MY MANGA AND ANIME FROM
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Yo if i'm not going to be able to watch my anime because some greedy @$$ douche is freaking out because he can't buy his boat made of pure gold because of these sites I am going to.............................well.......I plead the 5th. Nothing violent just....enough to get the message across.
Posted 1/24/12
i se no isohunt here fuck yerr
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People on the internet are always criticizing the government and companies for being greedy by enforcing copyright.

But think of it this way. Do you enjoy your anime? The people who put millions of dollars towards developing ananime (well, in this case hundreds of millions of yen) don't think, "I'm gonna spend all this money so I can make Joe Schmukattelli-san feel happy!" No, they put all that money into the anime so that it will sell, and they will make more money than they put into it. That's how the world works.

By violating copyright, even if it's because "you never would have paid for it anyway," you are putting a strain on the demand for the industry. When an industry is strained due to copyright infringement, it is less profitable. Less profitability means less investment, and less investment means less product--in this case, less anime.

So reasonably, by enforcing copyright law, as the government has been doing, it is creating a more stable atmosphere for investors to put their money into developing products such as music, television shows, and, yes, anime.

It is unreasonable to criticize copyright holders for trying to control their property. Most of what you see around you is attached to a copyright, trademark, or other type of protection. If it was you who's food money relied on the sale of your product (like many mangaka do), you would have a far different view of copyright.

J.K. Rowling (the author of the Harry Potter series, for anyone who's been living in a hole for the past decade) was literally living out of her car when she finished her first HP book. Now, she's worth millions. And the only reason she was so successful was because copyright protected her from people who could (and in at least one occasion did) try to copy and distribute her works without permission.

In the end it's about greed, yes. It's not about the 'greedy business people who want to line their pockets and buy their gold-plated yachts', it's also about the greedy Schmukattellis who want to get something for free, who think that just because someone has more money than them then they can't complain when something is stolen from them.

In short, if you want something, pay for it, if not, do without. You wouldn't steal a TV you weren't willing to pay for, don't do the same with anime, all you're doing is being a leech on the industry.
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imtheonlysane1here wrote:

In short, if you want something, pay for it, if not, do without. You wouldn't steal a TV you weren't willing to pay for, don't do the same with anime, all you're doing is being a leech on the industry.


I agree.

Intellectual property and physical property are exactly the same thing. Someone stole my TV, I no longer have a TV. I made a song and put it on digital sale. Somebody made copies of it without my say. I still have a song but somebody has still 'stolen' something from me. Trust me, it is exactly the same. No room for argument here.

Anyone who disagrees with that assertion is obviously a dirty pirate or a pirate supporter.
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