Hollywood bloodlust cripples another filelocker

 

Wupload disables sharing.

Wupload has disabled file sharing functions after being named by a film executive as a future target in Hollywood's war against sites alleged to be MegaUpload type operations.

Announcement: All sharing has been disabled. Wupload is not a file sharing site. If you uploaded a file, only you can download it and it can't be shared with anyone else,” the company announced.

The new restrictions came after a Paramount Pictures executive last week named Wupload as one of five more “rogue” companies it was pursuing with the intent to secure more mass copyright infringement arrests.  

The four others named were MediaFire, PutLocker, Deposite files, and Fileserve.

Shortly after Hollywood’s intentions were reported, MediaFire co-founder Tom Langridge penned a letter to CNet denying it was “an outlaw gang” of MegaUpload’s ilk. 

Another site mentioned, British-based PutLocker, also said it has been incorrectly labelled a “rogue” site, the Torrent Freak blog reported, which also first reported Wupload's new sharing restrictions.

The operations officer of PutLocker, Adrian Petroff, told TorrentFreak that it “takes a strong stand against copyright infringement”, adding that it had taken down “thousands” of infringing files and was aiming to be a “cloud storage platform” for consumers and businesses, but was also seeking opportunities to work with content producers. 

Petroff was quoted as saying that less than two per cent of files uploaded to its servers were “flagged as infringing”, however its site traffic has boomed since the closure of MegaUpload.   

Petroff aligned itself with Swiss-based RapidShare, which has tried to distinguish itself from MegaUpload by claiming its corporate structure never was designed to evade authorities and that it fights copyright infringement. 

At the time of the MegaUpload shutdown about nine sites similar to it simply shut shop or, like Wupload, disabled sharing

Copyright © iTnews.com.au . All rights reserved.


Hollywood bloodlust cripples another filelocker
Image credit: www.wupload.com
 
 
 
Top Stories
The True Cost of BYOD - 2014 survey
Twelve months on from our first study, is BYOD a better proposition?
 
Photos: Unboxing the Magnus supercomputer
Pawsey's biggest beast slots into place.
 
ANZ looks to life beyond the transaction
If digital disruptors think an online payments startup could rock the big four, they’ve missed the point of why people use banks, says Patrick Maes.
 
 
Image credit: www.wupload.com
Sign up to receive iTnews email bulletins
   FOLLOW US...
Latest Comments
Polls
What is delaying adoption of public cloud in your organisation?







   |   View results
Lock-in concerns
  29%
 
Application integration concerns
  3%
 
Security and compliance concerns
  28%
 
Unreliable network infrastructure
  9%
 
Data sovereignty concerns
  21%
 
Lack of stakeholder support
  3%
 
Protecting on-premise IT jobs
  4%
 
Difficulty transitioning CapEx budget into OpEx
  3%
TOTAL VOTES: 1094

Vote