Megaupload Effect: FileSonic Stops File Sharing Too


In the wake of the shutdown of file sharing Web site Megaupload and the arrest of its founder Kim Dotcom, a second site offering a similar service - FileSonic - appears to have been somewhat unnerved and cut down on the circulation of pirated Hollywood content.

FilSonic, colloquially known as the "digitial locker", earlier provided users with 10GB of storage, the ability to upload files of 1GB and 30 days of storage time. In addition, for a $9 per month fee, users were given unlimited storage and storage time, as well as a limit of 5GB to upload files.

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However, a recent statement on the Web site reads: "All sharing functionality on FileSonic is now disabled. Our service can only be used to upload and retrieve files that you have uploaded personally," according to the red banner posted on the site's main page."

Moreover, to avoid legal complications, FileSonic now partners with Vobile Inc., which will help them filter copyrighted content. Another post published on FileSonic's main page says: "Vobile's digital fingerprinting technology will allow FileSonic to block your copyrighted materials from being illegitimately shared through its service."

The company also announced a "zero tolerance" policy for copyright infringement and has stated they will adhere to the U.S. Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

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