There’s nothing like a joint Department of Justice and FBI raid on the home of a multimillionaire website operator to frightened the online, file-sharing world and it seems to have had the desired effect.
FileSonic, a rival website to Megaupload, has disabled its file-sharing services following the raid and arrest of the founders of Megaupload at the end of last week. No official statement regarding the reasons behind the decision has been released by FileSonic, but a disclaimer on the site reads:
"All sharing functionality of FileSonic is now disabled. Our service can only be used to upload and retrieve files that you have uploaded personally.”
Another similar website, Uploaded.to, has also disabled its services, simply saying “Our service is currently unavailable in your country. Sorry about that.”
While the websites have not officially said the actions are directly in response to the move against Megaupload, it is clear to see that file-sharing websites are running scared and are fearful of similar action against them.
Megaupload’s flamboyant founder, Kim Dotcom, previously known as Kim Schmitz, was arrested in his New Zealand home on Friday after being cut out of a safe room in his house.
He appeared in court in New Zealand applying for bail, with the New Zealand prosecutors claiming he was a flight risk. The judge delayed the decision on bail, saying: "Given the breadth of issues covered in this bail application and the seriousness of the issues, I am going to reserve my decision."