FileSonic Shuts Down File-Sharing Service; RapidShare Keeps Cool

January 23rd, 2012 at 11:56 pm

FileSonic, a “digital locker” web-based service that provides users with up to 10GB of free digital storage for 30 days, has shut down its file-sharing capabilities.

“All sharing functionality on FileSonic is now disabled,” the website announced on its home page. “Our service can only be used to upload and retrieve files that you have uploaded personally.”

The move comes right after the bust of its rival Megaupload, which was shut down by authorities leading to the arrest of its founder Kim Dotcom in New Zealand on charges of flagrant copyright violation. Dotcom, along with three other suspects, are expected to attend a bail ruling on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, fellow file-sharing service RapidShare told sources that it will not blink an eye after the “Mega Conspiracy” arrests. In an e-mailed statement, RapidShare says it operates in a more transparently compared to Megaupload, even insisting that their site is “absolutely legal.”

RapidShare CEO Alexandra Zwingil says her company acts “rigidly” against copyright infringement and has also established “contructive dialogue” with politicians and concerned citizen groups in the United States and other parts of the globe.

It remains unsure whether this update in FileSonic will be permanent, or if it will restore file-sharing functions when more safeguards are in place.

Source: FileSonic, via Mashable


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