Posts Tagged ‘file sharing’

Megaupload 2.0 Secures Financing

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

Apparently, there are still quite a few bugs to work out, but this is definitely an interesting effort to rehabilitate and re-purpose a former pirate file sharing site.

Megaupload, once the world’s largest file sharing site before it was taken down by the FBI, may make a comeback soon as the financing for Megaupload 2.0 has been secured recently. The funding campaign managed to reach the the minimum investment goal of €918.611 before it ended on October 24, 2016 with a total investment volume of €1.060.354.

(more…) Down? Hosting Dispute Seems to be the Reason

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

More fun with overly zealous copyright protection, AKA, “Throwing the Baby Out with the Bathwater, Part 3,952.”

Times are rough for file hosting sites, with some being shut down by the authorities or in a lengthy legal dispute, while others are ceasing their business operations or changing the way they do business. We have seen all of this began at about the same time the Megaupload incident happened. Megaupload, one of the most popular file sharing sites back then was taken down back then on request of U.S, authorities. The gap was soon filled by other file sharing services, even though only a few saw such a rapid growth in popularity as


7 Things You Can Do with Your Cloud Storage

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

Cloud storage can be incredibly helpful … as long as you keep in mind that privacy and security work differently in the cloud than they do on your hard drive.

Now that half of the world is talking about hosting files in the cloud, I thought it to be a good idea to take a look at what you can actually do with cloud storage space.  While you could use it exclusively to host files online, you may be missing out on some of the advanced options that online storage provides. This guide contains suggestions as to what these options may be.


Hadopi Cut Piracy in France, But Sales Down as Well

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

In this case, low sales figures aren’t due to piracy, they’re due to the fact that much of what the “entertainment” industry produces these days is just so boring and worthless that its not worth buying.

You may know that France has implemented a system called Hadopi about one and a half year ago. It is basically a monitoring and response system that is sending out three warning letters to alleged file sharers, with the third letter suspending the Internet account of that user for a year, and a fine of up to €1500 on top of it.


EFF Starts Operation Mega Retrieval

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

File this story under, “Throwing the Baby Out with the Bathwater” … the recording industry’s war against file sharing has apparently harmed many who were doing nothing illegal.

When the Megaupload servers were taken down, no one bothered to distinguish legitimate data from data that infringed on the copyright of others. Users who had been using Megaupload as a host for their own files were now in a position where they were denied access to those files, even though they were in many cases completely legal. It was even worse for some users who had no access to local backups of the data. With the take down of Megaupload, access to those files was no longer available.


Megaupload Shuts Down, Arrests have Been Made

Friday, January 20th, 2012

Due to its immense unpopularity with voters, SOPA is apparently dead in the water (for the time being) … but that still doesn’t stop the Feds from pulling tricks like this:

The popular file hosting site Megaupload has been shut down by US authorities on Thursday, and the site’s leaders have been charged with widespread online copyright infringement. According to an US Department of Justice press release, Megaupload generated more than “$175 million in criminal proceeds” and caused more than “half a billion dollars in harm to copyright owners”.


TVShack’s Student Founder can be Extradited to US, Court Rules

Friday, January 13th, 2012

Weird. Not so long ago, international extraditions were usually reserved for mass murderers and drug barons …

US customs agents seek to prosecute Richard O’Dwyer over TVShack, which linked to sites carrying pirated shows and films

A British student can be extradited to the United States for running a website linking to sites carrying pirated TV shows and films, a court has ruled.


Sweden Recognises New File-Sharing Religion

Monday, January 9th, 2012

I wonder if this means that Sweden will be beyond the grasp of international copyright laws?

When the next national census arrives on your doormat you now have another option to enter for religion other than Jedi, at least that is if you live in Sweden.  On its third attempt the church of “kopyacting” has been officially recognised as a religion by the Swedish government.


Piracy Websites Attract ‘Billions’ of Visitors

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

Some file-sharing sites are good places to pick up viruses too …

A study by anti-fraud company MarkMonitor has monitored 43 file-sharing websites and found that between them they had 53 billion visits in the last year, according to a report by the BBC.

The top three websites were, and which between them generated more than 21 billion visits.


Rapidshare Gets Major Overhaul

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

I hope this isn’t the beginning of the end of Rapidshare. Rapidshare provides a simple, useful way to exchange data … and yes, I mean legal data, not pirated music.

Rapidshare has been pressured from several angles in the past years. Law enforcement agencies that called for the shutdown of the service, or better controlling and filtering of uploaded files, rival file hosting sites that gained lots of ground due to attractive and more powerful disk space and traffic limits, and users who were fed up with all the waiting on the site.