Filesonic goes offline with no explanation provided

The days of file sharing sites getting away with their actions is limited, and no doubt many of the remaining sites have felt the heat since MegaUpload's sudden demise in January. Filesonic is just another name on the list. It was a target for the MPAA and the RIAA, as users would frequent the site if they wanted something for nothing.

After the demise of MegaUpload, the big names tried to change their policies. Filesonic removed its reward program, but apparently, this didn't save it. Since this change Filesonic went into freefall; Alexa's chart below evidences its demise:

What this doesn't show is that the site flatlined. The .com domain has been gone for close to a week and attempting to reach it returns a 'server cannot be found' error. Other Filesonic domains have also changed hands in the wake of this change.

Wupload is also returning the same error. Doors across the world of file-sharing are closing as quickly as they once opened. It's entirely possible the webmasters are running scared from lawsuits or of the possibility of becoming public spectacles like Kim Dotcom.

Filesonic's popularity is evident in Google's transparency report.

NBC alone was responsible for 81,000 takedown requests against Filesonic since May 2011. Second place goes to the RIAA, but that's not too surprising.

Source: TorrentFreak

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Yes, they jumped before they were pushed. Actually they should have been targeted before Megaupload as when it comes to 'paying users to upload copyrighted content' they were much worse. MU was around much longer and had more premium account holders but the most they gave you were points to be used to redeem for a premium account; which actually worked out to be worth pittance.

It was dead anyway, they chickened out back when Megaupload was taken down and stopped allowing sharing (which is the whole purpose of the site so I don't know how they stated online as long as they did).

alwaysonacoffebreak said,
Dear Filehosting sites, move your servers to Russia. Nearly all of the ISP's over there couldn't care less what you do with their traffic.

Which is why rapidgator is so popular. I'm in the process of getting a walmart pre payed master card debit card so I can buy a subscription don't want to give them my actual credit card number.

If you are worried about your android ROMs not being available I suggest you either start using http://www.goo.im, or suggest it to your favorite rom developer(s). Its probably where 90% of my rom, gapps, radios, ...ect come from. People use it for android development, that's it, so no need to ever worry about the site being taken down for illegal reasons.

http://www.goo.im

I still dont get why people just dont use Rapidshare.... ive been using it for years now never had a problem with their premium service.

Although i dont store anything personal / critical on there, as it will get taken offline at some stage i suppose?

Shikaka said,
I still dont get why people just dont use Rapidshare.... ive been using it for years now never had a problem with their premium service.

Although i dont store anything personal / critical on there, as it will get taken offline at some stage i suppose?

At the moment you'll notice that almost everyone is posting stuff on rapidgator, I don't know why everyone is going that route. My guess is they must pay out pretty good, which was always something that boggled my mind. People would get offended when sites wouldn't pay them for the illegal things they would upload.

I thought filesonic after the megaupload cluster ****, stopped people from downloading files they didn't upload themseves?

What annoys me is that sites like rapidgator had paypal pull the plug on their payment systems. I don't really want to give them my credit card number. I mean hell the stupid website when I signed up for it sent me an email saying "This is your user name and this is your password".... Hash much?

Not to mention they screwed their customers over royally and had the cheek not even to offer a refund after destroying their entire service.

Good riddence

This will not destroy the android Rom scene at all. Google drive, drop box... and many others. Roms are not illegal either and filesonic has been known to host many illegal files.

techbeck said,
This will not destroy the android Rom scene at all. Google drive, drop box... and many others. Roms are not illegal either and filesonic has been known to host many illegal files.

I know at least Dropbox will block urls if you use up too much bandwidth. If it becomes too serious I may setup a site that developers can use to host their files. Not sure how I would go about it though.

EDIT: I host all my private files on Dropbox and share a few off every now and again but most of the time I don't have an issue.

Edited by shinji257, Sep 3 2012, 9:20pm :

techbeck said,
This will not destroy the android Rom scene at all. Google drive, drop box... and many others. Roms are not illegal either and filesonic has been known to host many illegal files.

How can a personally distributed ROM file not be copyright infringement?

Northgrove said,

How can a personally distributed ROM file not be copyright infringement?
Did you think about that comment before you typed it? If not, please refrain from typing then thinking. It will save you from looking uneducated or like a fanboy in the future.

Northgrove said,

How can a personally distributed ROM file not be copyright infringement?

You do realize that you can edit the Android OS however you want and distribute copies freely. Google even encourages this. Only thing Google really has a problem with is packaging the Google Apps with the ROM.

Just like Megaupload, this will completely **** the Android custom ROM scene. Most developers depended on these file services.

NeoandGeo said,
Just like Megaupload, this will completely **** the Android custom ROM scene. Most developers depended on these file services.

There are many other ways to get those roms, besides usually one site drops and another site goes up lol.

NeoandGeo said,
Just like Megaupload, this will completely **** the Android custom ROM scene. Most developers depended on these file services.

umm, no. I have never once had a problem getting roms/apks/patches/ect... since megaupload went down. Torrents, goo.im, dropbox, and mediashare are the only places I have ever downloaded any rom or other related things from. I am on rootzwiki and xda quite often and have never once seen filesonic used on any of them. Im not saying people don't use it for that, but it for sure is not as popular as goo.im and mediashare are.