Spooked by Megaupload Shutdown, Filesonic Takes Itself Down

FileSonic, a filesharing website has voluntarily disabled itself, obviously scared out of the game by the Justice Department’s shutdown of MegaUpload and the arrest of its principals.  “FileSonic has disabled all file sharing functionality on its website, restricting access so that users may only download their own files,” reports Ars Technica.

Ryan Paul, reporting on the self-inflicted takedown, expressed puzzlement that Filesonic “already has strong procedures in place to combat piracy” such as digital fingerprinting to detect attempts to upload unauthorized files, and observes the takedown procedures prescribed by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

Paul should not be nonplussed that a so-called law-abiding website is taking itself down.  The DMCA’s procedures, watered down by powerful web carrier lobbies, has become a travesty, making it so hard for piracy victims to get satisfaction that many give up in frustration. (See Takedown Notices: Antipiracy Weapon or Exercise in Futility?)

Another leading file locker provider, RapidShare, does not seem prepared to follow FileSonic over the cliff.  “Legitimate hosting providers have nothing to fear,” they told Ars Technica, “as long as they comply with requests from rights holders and don’t turn a blind eye to piracy conducted with their service.”

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Richard Curtis


One Response to Spooked by Megaupload Shutdown, Filesonic Takes Itself Down

  1. Rowena Cherry says:

    Paul Ryan apparently does not understand the difference between CYA language posted on a website, and what actually happens.

    The pirates moved on with barely a break in stride to FilePost, so most of the commercial infringers are still monetizing “complimentary” movies and e-books that they have no right to give away.

    Paul Ryan does not understand that DMCA “procedures” require that the copyright owner is able to identify the infringing file that ought to be removed.

    1) Files can be so large that an author’s book is one in 300 in a single collection.

    2) Many for-profit pirates demand a subscription, and without paying the pirate’s subscription fee, the author has no way of knowing the link, so is unable to send a compliant DMCA notice.

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