Are we witnessing the death of public File Sharing services ?

The decline of MegaUpload and the rumours that the FBI has another hotlist of sites to go after has left other file sharing services running for their proverbial lives, with legitimate services often deciding to remove public file sharing from their own services, despite arguments that the MegaUpload “bust” has done little to reduce internet piracy.

A list stored on the pastebin service shows the extent that the MegaUpload and MegaVideo closure has had on services:

  1. MegaUpload – Closed.
  2. – FileServe – Closing does not sell premium.
  3. – FileJungle – Deleting files. Locked in the U.S..
  4. – UploadStation – Locked in the U.S..
  5. – FileSonic – the news is arbitrary (under FBI investigation).
  6. – VideoBB – Closed! would disappear soon.
  7. – Uploaded – Banned U.S. and the FBI went after the owners who are gone.
  8. – FilePost – Deleting all material (so will leave executables, pdfs, txts)
  9. – Videoz – closed and locked in the countries affiliated with the USA.
  10. – 4shared – Deleting files with copyright and waits in line at the FBI.
  11. – MediaFire – Called to testify in the next 90 days and it will open doors pro FBI
  12. -Org torrent – could vanish with everything within 30 days “he is under criminal investigation”
  13. – Network Share mIRC – awaiting the decision of the case to continue or terminate Torrente everything.
  14. – Koshiki – operating 100% Japan will not join the SOUP / PIPA
  15. – Shienko Box – 100% working china / korea will not join the SOUP / PIPA
  16. – ShareX BR – group UOL / BOL / iG say they will join the SOUP / PIPA

For certain sites that previously failed to remove copyrighted files for long periods of time, then this is clearly illegal, and in our opinion these services should rightly be targetted. Other services that tuned their whole offering to enable users to upload copyrighted content, whilst then charging users to access the illegally obtained copyrighted content, can also have no complaints at legal intervention.

However we are more concerned about other services such as Box, DropBox etc who offer public file sharing for legitimate purposes,  and to treat these services the same as those aforementioned is clearly wrong. It is like trying to ban cars because robbers choose to use cars as getaway vehicles when robbing banks. Clearly the car manufactures did not design cars to rob banks ! Whereas the analogy may sound trite, what is concerning is that authorities may well go after every file sharing service just because they possess public file sharing features.