Filesonic just announced that they have disabled file-sharing between users. You can now only download files that you have personal uploaded. It is widely assumed that this was in response to the criminal prosecution of Megaupload, which has lead to a “chilling” effect on filesharing services and possible innovation in this space. Is Dropbox next, for example?
Where does criminal copyright infringement start and stop for services which host files in the cloud? Are we destined for a future where people can no longer share files with each other? This is exactly what media companies would love to see.
Megauploads case will set a huge precedent for the future of file-sharing. We feel that it is infeasible and unreasonable to hold file sharing companies liable for the activities of their users. Phone companies are not liable for the criminal or unlawful information distributed through their cables…why should filesharing services be any different? If filesharing companies are liable for their user’s activities, where does it stop? Are ISP’s now liable? The companies that lay the fibre? How can any of these companies be responsible unless they are asked to spy on their users?