Fileserve closes reward program, terminates accounts, prevents file-sharing [Update]

It really is becoming a horror story for file-sharing websites these past couple of days, as yet another website has begun partially shutting down its services. While there is no current indication on their website, Fileserve has begun suspending user accounts and has closed their affiliate program. Many users are reporting that when they sign in to their accounts they are informed that their account has been disabled due to violations of their Terms and Conditions.

Currently it is unclear if Fileserve is just terminating accounts that might have been involved with copyright infringement or their affiliate program, or whether they have terminated every single account on their website. As of the time of writing it is still possible to create an account on Fileserve, but the webpage that linked to their affiliate program has disappeared.

Despite what the About page says, Fileserve no longer allows you to "make money online"

Fileserve, like several other file-sharing websites, used to pay uploaders when users downloaded their files (up to $25 for every 1,000 downloads according to their “About” page). However, as MegaUpload was taken down potentially for paying users when pirated material was downloaded, file-sharing websites such as Fileserve have had to clean up their act to ensure that they are not liable for facilitating copyright infringement. To do this, Fileserve appear to have terminated all accounts that made use of the payment program.

In case you were wondering, Fileserve is located in the United States (according to a quick IP locate) so the owners could have been arrested in a similar fashion to the owners of MegaUpload.

The move to terminate many accounts on Fileserve has certainly angered many of their users. People on the Digital Point forums are complaining that the website “is a scam” and that because of Fileserve’s actions the website “is finished.” Several members have threatened the admin, saying that they are “coming to kick your ass!”

Did you use Fileserve and has your account been terminated? Let us know in the comments below.

Update: Fileserve has joined Filesonic in restricting their file-sharing service so that users can only download files that they have uploaded personally. The website seems to be taking many precautions to ensure that they are not liable for facilitating copyright infringement

Thanks to Ram for the tip!

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Even if they suspended all of those users and took down their rewards program they still theoretically could be held liable for the past infringements I believe.

Their actions do nothing as far as their liability is concerned.

nytiger73 said,
Even if they suspended all of those users and took down their rewards program they still theoretically could be held liable for the past infringements I believe.

Their actions do nothing as far as their liability is concerned.


That's not what RIAA, MPAA et al want to see though. They don't care.

All they want is all those hosters to die or become unusable, whether it's through lawsuits or by self-destruct, they couldn't care less.
Actually, latter is better as it means less spending on lawyers and possibly a wave of other hosters following suit.

GS:mac

Glassed Silver said,

That's not what RIAA, MPAA et al want to see though. They don't care.

All they want is all those hosters to die or become unusable, whether it's through lawsuits or by self-destruct, they couldn't care less.
Actually, latter is better as it means less spending on lawyers and possibly a wave of other hosters following suit.

GS:mac

Good point. I didn't think of that.

Just cancelled by subscription to Fileserve. Also, opened a dispute with PayPal as Fileserve have changed their terms of use without informing its users so they are currently in breach of contract. I only use Fileserve to send large files for my business but now clients cannot access the files.

kraized said,
Just cancelled by subscription to Fileserve. Also, opened a dispute with PayPal as Fileserve have changed their terms of use without informing its users so they are currently in breach of contract. I only use Fileserve to send large files for my business but now clients cannot access the files.

They are pulling a Captain of Köpenick and you're rightfully pi**ed.
Teach them.

GS:mac

No one who has ever created something and wishes to share it with the world, and still profit from it, can side with such criminals.

And just because a law is not to your liking doesn't mean you don't have to abide by it.

If anyone cared to read the indictment, with an objective mindset, you'd see what type of websites they were running.

Filesonic has now restricted file sharing.... apparently they monitor what IP you registered with so that no one else can retrieve files.

I would get a good laugh if they rule in favor of Megaupload in the trial. I thought they had ruled in the past that services like this can't be held responsible for everything that people upload.

Although the license plate names that Megaupload owner had, won't help him any.

He should be able to afford good lawyers with all the money he has, unless the Government steals that also. And yes its stealing real money.

jd100 said,
I would get a good laugh if they rule in favor of Megaupload in the trial. I thought they had ruled in the past that services like this can't be held responsible for everything that people upload.

Although the license plate names that Megaupload owner had, won't help him any.

He should be able to afford good lawyers with all the money he has, unless the Government steals that also. And yes its stealing real money.

That would be funny!

jd100 said,
I would get a good laugh if they rule in favor of Megaupload in the trial. I thought they had ruled in the past that services like this can't be held responsible for everything that people upload.

I think that their user incentive program may make this case just different enough.

The other file sharing web sites are probably safe for now. I bet the US government has evidence against each of them, but I doubt that anything will be launched until MegaUploads is sorted out. If the US doesn't win their case against MegaUploads I doubt they will waste their time with these other web sites.

They may have evidence, but this was not the US alone, and it took a long time. People do not seem to understand how this works when parties are not completely in one country.

Wupload.co.uk is still up and working, how about the dreadful megashare and turbobit, seem as pirate-friendly as the others but they're still up

I have been using Rapidshare for years and prefer it over the other hosts.

I just hope they arnt next, i am not going to pay for my rapids in advance though, just incase.

I can't say this is surprising. I always thought it was odd they could get away with a system that encourages people to post copyrighted stuff to make money. Because let's be honest, that's the only way you'll get people to download in that quantity. Like anyone would really need to download my vacation photos 1000 times just so I could make $25.

chadlachlanross said,
I can't say this is surprising. I always thought it was odd they could get away with a system that encourages people to post copyrighted stuff to make money. Because let's be honest, that's the only way you'll get people to download in that quantity. Like anyone would really need to download my vacation photos 1000 times just so I could make $25.

you obviously never dated a hot chick

chadlachlanross said,

LOL, I have, but *those* pictures are not to be shared!

Pics or it didnt happen lol !

Jose_49 said,
Problem with Usenet is that is very expensive.

Nah.

With torrents you still need a VPN unless you like to put your wire into the bee gum.
And no, private trackers do not work that well.

People need to stop being so naive about private trackers.

VPNs are about the same as a solid Usenet account.
Usenet on the other hand is waaay easier and often way faster.

GS:mac

Jose_49 said,
Problem with Usenet is that is very expensive.

$6/month with Altopia, does it sound expensive? Surely cheaper than Megaupload.

You didn't include in the article that Fileserve does not allow to download anything at all, except if you were the original owner.

Mr Spoon said,
Looks like everyone will go to Rapidshare then
Hope it's just a setback rather than a permanent change.

Rapid share is a .com domain. It won't help.

Mr Spoon said,
Looks like everyone will go to Rapidshare then
Hope it's just a setback rather than a permanent change.

I think they're based on Germany?

dead.cell said,

I think so too. I remember the links used to be rapidshare.de no?

I thought both URLs were still active? Only the .com one is vulnerable to the USA's corruption directly. Germany though has close ties with the USA though and I could quite easily see .de being disabled in some sort of cooperation deal between the two governments.

What you need to be safe is a domain in a country that has no formal law enforcement cooperation with the USA.

TCLN Ryster said,

I thought both URLs were still active? Only the .com one is vulnerable to the USA's corruption directly. Germany though has close ties with the USA though and I could quite easily see .de being disabled in some sort of cooperation deal between the two governments.

What you need to be safe is a domain in a country that has no formal law enforcement cooperation with the USA.


This.

But RS moved to Switzerland as djdanster already said.
So in case .com and .de get closed, they might get .ch and spread word that all links will remain functional if you replace the TLDR accordingly to .ch

Job done.

GS:mac

SuperKid said,
I am now in the process of moving all my domains from a US Registrar.

#boycottusa

That will not do any good if you use a .COM/NET/ORG/US URL, ICANN is still US based and under US control, if they want your domain they will just take it. Welcome to the new USA, Guilty until proven innocent.

Zippo7 said,

That will not do any good if you use a .COM/NET/ORG/US URL, ICANN is still US based and under US control, if they want your domain they will just take it. Welcome to the new USA, Guilty until proven innocent.

Mine are .co.uk but with US registrar

Zippo7 said,

That will not do any good if you use a .COM/NET/ORG/US URL, ICANN is still US based and under US control, if they want your domain they will just take it. Welcome to the new USA, Guilty until proven innocent.


if the US will mingle with the TLD's of other countries.... sh*t will hit the fan.
they havent done that so far, and i sincerely doubt they will.

Also the EU has their own 'ICANN' already incase the US will abuse it.

Looks like a good time for those services (if they exist...) not based on US... Or for people on countries out of reach to start their own...

Fact of the matter is, Fileserve wouldn't be doing this if they had nothing to hide.... As much as I hate to say ti, fileserve was my favorite filehost....

Crender said,
Fact of the matter is, Fileserve wouldn't be doing this if they had nothing to hide.... As much as I hate to say ti, fileserve was my favorite filehost....

And this move just makes them completely irrelevant. What benefit do they have now over SkyDrive or Dropbox? I can't think of anything. They're a gonner.

Joni_78 said,
YouTube next?

YouTube has been pretty good about censoring content. I had the audio disabled on a video of mine because it infringed on a copyright, so I think YouTube should be fine as long as they continue to listen to the lawyers and copyright holders and censor content once it's spotted.

Joni_78 said,
YouTube next?

I think Viacom would be pretty disappointed if YouTube closes, I believe it is the main source of income after all the demands to it.

Gerowen said,

YouTube has been pretty good about censoring content. I had the audio disabled on a video of mine because it infringed on a copyright, so I think YouTube should be fine as long as they continue to listen to the lawyers and copyright holders and censor content once it's spotted.

same as megaupload, they got charged because they didnt search their serverpark for a song/movie or whatever and just removed 1 file instead of all of them.
youtube has everything 1 gets deleted, there is still another one somewhere.