Tue 24 Jan 2012
The impact of Megaupload's shutdown on other file hosting sites is spreading. Just as FileSonic recently disabled file sharing, presumably to avoid prosecution for enabling illegal distribution of copyrighted material, the site FileServe has now done the same.
A reddit user pointed out the change earlier today. Attempting to download a file uploaded by another FileServe user results in a message that reads, "FileServe can only be used to download and retrieve files that you have uploaded personally. If this file belongs to you, please login to download it directly from your file manager."
While RapidShare claims not to be concerned about prosecution, as it has procedures in place to take down infringing content under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, the actions of FileSonic and FileServe suggest the sites' makers aren't as confident in their own legal compliance. Fortunately, both sites are allowing users to continue downloading their own content. With Megaupload, even people who used the service to store and distribute content they created themselves have lost access to their files due to the criminal case and takedown of the entire site.