FileSonic disables file sharing after MegaUpload arrests

The move follows the arrest of MegaUpload's founder last week on copyright infringement charges

An online storage service, FileSonic, has disabled file sharing between users following the takedown of the MegaUpload service for alleged copyright infringement violations.

The company, which lists corporate offices in Hong Kong and the U.K., ran a banner on the front page of its website saying: "All sharing functionality on FileSonic is now disabled. Our service can only be used to upload and retrieve files that you have uploaded personally."

On Friday, New Zealand law enforcement officials arrested MegaUpload founder Kim Dotcom and several other people wanted by U.S. prosecutors for allegedly profiting from the distribution of copyrighted content without proper permission.

FileSonic offers a free service that allows users to upload up to 10 GB of data for up to 30 days and throttles the speed at which the material can be uploaded or downloaded. Its subscription service, which starts at $9 per month, lets users upload unlimited files up to 5 GB in size with no time limits or speed throttling.

The company says on its website that it has a "zero tolerance" policy for copyright infringement and says it will promptly respond to complaints made under the U.S. Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The antipiracy law sets guidelines for service providers and copyright holders.

FileSonic is using Vobile's vCloud9 product to examine uploaded content to see if material under copyright protection is being illegally stored, it said in a news release last month. Compressed files can also be examined using vCloud9.

Efforts to reach FileSonic officials on Monday were unsuccessful.

Send news tips and comments to jeremy_kirk@idg.com

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Jeremy Kirk

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Kurt Hegetschweiler

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?