Storage sites unnerved by Megaupload action
Posted in: Legal, Privacy & Security at 24/01/2012 16:20
The arrest of Megaupload's founders has led to other file storage sites taking action in an apparent attempt to protect themselves from legal action.
Filesonic has disabled its sharing functions, allowing users to access only their own files.
Uploaded.to has blocked US access to its site entirely, with a message saying "sorry about that".
Experts said that the sites were attempting to show that they were taking piracy seriously.
Megaupload case raises question of provider knowledge
How much knowledge does a platform provider need to have of the files being traded on their system before they can be considered culpable?
Intellectual property and ICT lawyer Rick Shera declines to discuss the Megaupload case specifically, as it is before the courts; but he says the existence of any number of similar "file-locker" sites, to which customers upload and from which others download files, raises an important general question about provider knowledge.