FileServe & others start deleting files, might block USA IPs, close their affiliate programs



Now other filehosts are running scared. Who's next on the FBI target list?


As many of you are probably aware of, Megaupload was shut down by the Feds. In response to that, Anonymous took down several government and music websites.

What are file sharing affiliate programs?


File sharing hosts pay uploaders with monetary incentives in a variety of ways.

For example, they might pay $35 for 1000 downloads of your files. Or they might pay $15 for every "premium" signup referral you make.

What are they closing these programs?


Most filesharing hosts have legalspeak in their Terms of Service that make users/uploaders responsible for all uploaded content, instead of the host itself.

The monetary incentives offered to uploaders from affiliate schemes could potentially give them massive legal problems.

Due to the Megaupload case (as well as Hotfile & Rapidshare) it has been shown that these Terms of Service loopholes are not considered valid by the USA / FBI.

What the authorities dislike more than rights infringement, is people earning money from rights infringement.


Filesharing Host Tally as of right now




CLOSED



Deleting multiple files. Closed affiliate program.



(Owned by Fileserve) Deleting multiple files. Testing out blocking some USA IP addresses.



(Owned by Fileserve) Deleting multiple files. Testing out blocking some USA IP addresses.



(Owned by Fileserve) No concrete news yet.



Closed affiliate program.



Banned USA IP addresses.



Started suspending accounts with infringing material (doing what Hotfile did)



Closed affiliate program.



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