Even as the SOPA and PIPA anti-piracy bills in the US Congress withered under a sustained barrage of criticism from internet companies, tech executives, free speech advocates and others, the Federal Government’s battle against online piracy and file sharing continued on other fronts.
In New Zealand, local authorities, acting on a US indictment, shut down the website of popular file sharing service MegaUpload on Thursday and arrested its senior staff, “accusing them of racketeering, money laundering and copyright infringement” (via Megaupload shutdown: guns, cars and cash seized in police swoop | guardian.co.uk).
Now another one of the major file sharing services, FileSonic seems to have gone offline:
So if you’ve been holding off on downloading the new Lady Gaga album for some reason, you might want to get it while the getting is still good.
Presumably these services or ones just like them will be up and running again soon, but in the meantime getting certain kinds of materials on the internet may be a bit more difficult than it has been. Other than that, there will be some high profile prosecutions, some reputations will be made, some people will go to jail, some people will get rich (lawyers), some people will get poor (defendants), and… the music and movie industries will still be fucked and clueless.
- Q&A: Stop Online Piracy Act | Technology | The Observer.
- FileSonic shutters: Another file-sharing site bites the dust | ZDNet.