filehostlogos MegaUpload arrests prompt mass file sharing host closures

The seizure of the MegaUpload website and arrest of its founders and employees has sparked widespread fear amongst other file-sharing companies, resulting in a number of them, including FileSonic and FileServe, banning all downloads.

The seizure of the MegaUpload website and arrest of its founders and employees has sparked widespread fear amongst other file-sharing companies, resulting in a number of them, including FileSonic and FileServe, banning all downloads.

 
The fallout from last week's raid on homes belonging to MegaUpload staff is quickly piling up, with many similar companies fearful that they are next on the list. Even if the MegaUpload case does not go anywhere, it has created such a scare that many in the music and film industry will be content with the results. 
 
FileSonic, one of the top 10 file-sharing websites, closed its affiliate rewards program and stopped anyone from downloading files from other people. The site has essentially become a storage facility, where subscribers can only access and download their own files, much to the anger and frustration of paying members. Some reports suggest that users cannot even access their own files, with mass file deletion and account banning going on, likely due to staff finding copyrighted material.
 
filehostlogos MegaUpload arrests prompt mass file sharing host closures
 
Another major player, FileServe, has followed suit, ending its affiliate program, banning third party downloads, and performing mass deletion and account bans.
 
Smaller sites are also running scared. FileJungle, UploadStation, FilePost, VideoBB, VideoZer, and 4Shared are copying the others. Uploaded.to has banned all US IP addresses. Some like UploadBox and x7.to have decided to close up entirely.
 
As the fallout continues we will likely see dozens, if not hundreds, of other file-sharing websites follow suit, an avalanche of closures that will greatly change the shape of the internet and the availability of files, legal or illegal.
 
Source: TorrentFreak