A few weeks ago I wrote a post about the similarities between Filesonic and Wupload:
Turns out, according to what I’ve been told…the “front man” for Wupload is the cousin of the guy running Filesonic. How convenient?
Recently Filesonic announced that they were partnering with Vobile to do digital fingerprinting to ID copyrighted material being distributed on their network. Now unless I’m missing something, this will not be possible with password encrypted rar/zip files and I don’t see how they would do it with even unpassworded (?) rar/zip files since they would have to combine all the files themselves.
So this seems on the surface to be pretty meaningless. The only thing Filesonic could do would be to restrict all rar/zip files, which would pretty much ensure that the copyright infringing uploaders that Filesonic’s business is based upon would flee to another service.
If only the people behind Filesonic had another cyberlocker service that they could put all their efforts into….hmmmmm….maybe they should call their “cousin”. :O)
Takedown Piracy has always been one of the most aggressive anti-piracy companies when it comes to commercial copyright infringers using Twitter to advertise their illicit and illegal websites. To this end, Takedown Piracy has had 100s and 100s of user accounts suspended and removed from Twitter due to repeat infringements. While our initial focus was to takedown the Twitter accounts of the larger piracy sites (if those sites used Twitter to advertise specific uploads of our clients’ copyrighted materials), we have a few announcements to make:
1. Effective immediately regardless of a site’s Alexa rank/traffic, if you use Twitter to advertise your for-profit piracy site, you will be added to our network of monitored sites. For many upstart content thieves, this will mean that you will have a hard time getting your site off the ground. Too bad. It used to be against the rules of the filesharing scene to monetize copyright infringement, and you not only are breaking the unwritten rules of the scene, but you are breaking the law. If this means you won’t make any money this month from Filesharing, I suggest you look into getting a real job. Here’s a start – http://www.beautyschoolsdirectory.com/barberingschoolsindex.php
2. If you use the website wjunction.com to advertise your piracy site, we will add you to our network. While there are many informative and educationally valuable things to learn from wjunction, it has come to our attention that an alarming number of commercial copyright infringers have decided to congregate there in an effort to establish deals with other thieves, find third world slave labor to do the uploading for them, and to plead for compliments about a template that they didn’t design and are most likely using without permission. It is our stance that these repetitious clone sites contribute nothing to society in any way and effective immediately, sites that we identify as meeting these guidelines will be added to our network of monitored sites.
When you send DMCA notices to file storage sites Filesonic and Wupload you get an eerily similar response both in time and look:
We have deleted the files you requested,
Wupload Abuse team
We have deleted the files you requested,
Filesonic Abuse team
These notices usually come in around the same times as well. Wupload is a rather new player on the cyberlocker scene, while Filesonic, which used to be SharingMatrix, is the preferred host for criminal commerical copyright infringers but Wupload has made a huge push recently.
So are they one and the same, or is Wupload just copying Filesonic’s look and feel? Hmmmmmmmm 😉
Just in the last week or so Takedown Piracy killed about 2 dozen Twitter accounts of commercial copyright infringers. These thieves acting like annoying spammers are trying to use Twitter as a way to advertise their for-profit copyright infringements.
Luckily for copyright holders, Twitter has a very effective repeat offender policy and does not tolerate spam nor copyright infringement. The number of “Tweets” the profiles had posted easily numbered in the 100s of 1000s. Those are now removed from Twitter, opening up the possibility for legitimate uses of Twitter.
Takedown Piracy isn’t done with copyright infringers on Twitter as we have targeted another 3o or so profiles that will be removed in the next week or so.
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