Josh Butler • 23 January 2012

Probably only a matter of time…

In the wake of last week’s shock shutdown of popular file locker service Megaupload – and the arrest of its founders and staff on copyright charges – another popular online filesharing site has taken measures to ensure that it too does not meet a similar fate.

Filesonic, which allows users to upload files onto the internet for others to access and download, has effectively shut down its workings; a notice on Filesonic.com reads “All sharing functionality on FileSonic is now disabled. Our service can only be used to upload and retrieve files that you have uploaded personally” – basically, you can’t access any files that you haven’t personally put on the site.

Filesonic is among the top 10 filesharing services in the world, accruing up to 250 million hits each month. Management behind the website have not provided any more detail than what is listed on their homepage, but it would not be outrageous to guess that the Megaupload raids, arrests and charges of last week were the catalyst for this shock move.

In related news, Megaupload.com is no more. The site has been “seized” by U.S. government officials, with this ominous banner (flanked by logos for the Department of Justice, FBI and Intellectual Property Rights Centre ):
The domain name associated with the website Megaupload.com has been seized pursuant to an order issued by a U.S. District Court.
A Federal grand jury has indicted several individuals and entities allegedly involved in the operation of Megaupload.com and related websites charging them with the following federal crimes:
Conspiracy to commit racketeering, conspiracy to commit copyright infringement, conspiracy to commit money laundering, and criminal copyright infringement

Tough times for the interweb, huh…