The file hosting service Megaupload has been shut down about two months ago, and while a lot of things surrounding that case have still not be resolved, the MPAA are already looking at additional targets in the file hosting world.
Cnet ran a piece yesterday on a panel discussion at the On Copyright conference where Alfred Perry, vice president for worldwide content protection at Paramount Pictures, listed five additional file hosting sites as targets for upcoming action.
The top five cyberlockers are Wupload, Depositfiles, Fileserver, Mediafire and PutLocker, according to Perry who calls them rogue cyberlockers and mentions that they generate 41 billion page views yearly. Perry apparently did not mention if those sites were already under investigation by the authorities. Mediafire co-founder responded to the comments brought forth by Perry one day later, stating that Mediafire was no rogue website, and not run by criminals.
As with Megaupload, it is likely that users of the services won't receive advanced notification if the domains, servers and assets are seized by authorities. It is therefor recommended to create backup of files that are hosted at these file hosters, and others if you want to be 100% certain that you do not lose any files in raids. Especially so since no distinction is being made between perfectly legal files hosted on those sites, and files without proper rights that were uploaded for sharing.
Mirroring the files could be a solution especially if you do not have enough local storage space available to backup the data properly. It would on the other hand mean that you continue to rely 100% on online file hosting solutions, which could still be an issue if all selected file hosts are taken down at the same time.
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