The End of DDL-Filesharing

Nach dem Megaupload-Bust hat nun Filesonic seine Filesharing-Funktion abgesägt, Fileserve ebenso und die folgen damit einer ganzen Reihe kleinerer Dienste, die bereits Maßnahmen eingeleitet hatten, von der Sperrung amerikanischer IPs bis zur Einstellung von Bezahlmodellen. Damit dürfte das DDL-Filesharing insgesamt am Ende sein und die Rechnung der Content-Industrie scheint aufzugehen – wofür man denen ehrlich gesagt auch ein wenig Respekt zollen könnte. Das Kapitel „Aim for the Head and hit it hard“ haben sie jedenfalls gelernt. Fraglich ist natürlich jetzt, wie und ob Rapidshare reagieren wird. Die hatten in der Vergangenheit bereits mehrfach erfolgreich juristische Auseinandersetzungen abgewehrt.

Ich war selbst noch nie ein großer Fan von DDL-Sharing, BitTorrent war (bei populären Files) immer schneller und die Technologie ist dreihundert mal eleganter, außerdem durch ihre dezentrale Architektur als Protokoll nahezu unangreifbar. Wirklich schade wird es um „seltene“ oder alte Filme und Musik, die man über spezialisierte Websites erreicht, die auf legalem Weg nicht zu bekommen sind und die für Torrents zu unpopulär sind. Deshalb werde ich jetzt erstmal Surreal Moviez leersaugen, bevor alle Cyberlocker ihre Filesharing-Funktion einstellen.

Reddit brought to light the sudden move by FileServe, which currently holds as the 132nd most popular site on the Web, according to Internet traffic analytics firm Alexa. Many other file hosting websites have closed their affiliate programs, which allows users to generate revenue based on the number of downloads clicked per uploaded file.

Sites like FileServe can be a hotbed for hosting illegally uploaded copyrighted material, such as television shows and films, to allow users to make a quick buck or two by sharing the links with online forums. ZDNet’s Stephen Chapman explained how in an article last year. Online forums and link-sharing sites allow users to submit not only their torrent files for peer-to-peer sharing, but operate on an open-comment system. This gives community users the ability to leave comments that include links to file-sharing sites, such as FileServe, RapidShare and the now defunct Megaupload.

As many other file-sharing sites are closing their sites and affiliate links, others are taking the drastic measure by deleting entire swathes of accounts and files stored on their servers. Others like Uploaded.to are taking to blocking IP addresses from the United States to mitigate any future potential damage.

FileServe shutters in light of file-sharing site crackdown

Hier eine Liste der bislang eingestellten oder modifizierten Services:

Megaupload – Closed
Fileserve – Stopped filesharing. You can only download your own files. Deleting multiple files. Banning Premium accounts. Closed Affiliate Program.
Filesonic – Stopped filesharing. You can only download your own files. Closed Affiliate Program. Changed server location Jan 22, 2012. Taken down it’s Facebook page Now using Digital fingerprinting. Files are being deleted as soon as uploaded (as Hotfile did).
VideoBB – Closed Affiliate Program.
Filepost – Started suspending accounts with infringing material (as Hotfile did)
Uploaded.t… – Blocked U.S. access.
Videozer – Closed Affiliate Program.
Filejungle – Owned by Fileserve (same as above). Testing USA IP addresses blocking.
Uploadstation – Owned by Fileserve (same as above). Testing USA IP addresses blocking.
4Shared – Deleting multiple files
EnterUpload – Down (Redirect)

FileServe pulls a FileSonic, only allows you to download files you have uploaded personally