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FileSonic, Uploaded, Others Remove File-Sharing Options

posted on by Justin Sevakis

Several high-profile file-hosting websites have moved to block file sharing or other features, in the days following the American government's shutdown of the site MegaUpload.

FileSonic's front page now states, "All sharing functionality on FileSonic is now disabled. Our service can only be used to upload and retrieve files that you have uploaded personally." Another service, Fileserve, has enacted identical measures. Yet another file locker site, Uploaded.to, has blocked American access entirely. Several other sites, including Filejungle, 4shared, and Uploadstation, have been reported to be deleting premium accounts and affiliate programs.

Meanwhile Derek Labian, CEO of the Texas-based cloud-based storage service MediaFire, told venture capital newsletter VentureBeat that he isn't worried about government intervention. “We don't have a business built on copyright infringement,” he said. “Like many other cloud-based sharing services like Box.net and Dropbox, we're a legitimate business targeting professionals.”

MegaUpload Limited was shut down by the U.S. Justice Department on January 19, following the indictment and arrest of its owners.

[Via TechCrunch, 0takomu]

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