With Megaupload shutting down, other online locker services are limiting their features or closing down in an effort to avoid the same Megaupload fate.
Megaupload's founder Kim Dotcom is awaiting bail hearing in New Zealand, and at least one of his cohorts faces extradition to the United States. This has pretty much freaked out a lot of operators of other locker services.
TorrentFreak counted nine locker services that curtailed file sharing in the wake of the MegaUpload prosecutions - in some cases by ceasing to offer "rewards" programs that gave users a financial incentive to share popular content.
Others have responded this way:
Filesonic and FileServe: Users can only download files they uploaded.
Uploaded.to: Users with unmasked IP addresses in the United States can no longer use it.
VideoBB, VideoZer, FileJungle, UploadStation, FilePost: These are reportedly ending rewards programs and deleting lots of accounts and files.
Uploadbox: All files hosted on the service will be deleted on January 30.
RapidShare, MediaFire and Dropbox, all of which lets you download entire albums, movies and so on appear to be operating normal for now. But MediaFire, has apparently deleted all of its music from the Angrychairs Redux music blog. Are they getting spokked?
"We differ from services such as Megaupload in many crucial points," said a Rapidshare spokesman in a statement (.pdf) provided to Evolver.fm. "One of the main differences between RapidShare and services such as Megaupload is the fact that we never had the intention to abscond from legal access of any authority.
Everyone's getting spooked. Guess we didn't need SOPA or PIPA after all right?