Hollywood movie studios target more file sharing sites

January's shut down of the MegaUpload file sharing website could be just the tip of the iceberg if Hollywood has its way. The popular site was closed down by US law enforcement officials for allegedly allowing its services to be used to distribute pirated online content.

Now News.com reports that during a speech this week, an executive at a major Hollywood film studio hinted strongly that five more file sharing sites are in its sights. Alfred Perry, the current vice president for worldwide content protection at Paramount Pictures, said during a panel at the On Copyright conference in New York, "We continue to make criminal referrals."

Perry said that the five sites that the company claims are currently at the top of their lists are Putlocker, Wupload, Depositfiles, FileServe, and MediaFire. In his panel he added, " ... more than 41 billion page views (yearly) are generated by the top 5 rogue cyberlocker services. That's five page views for every person on the planet."

Perry even showed a graphic that listed all of those web sites. It also listed MegaUpload with a marked out graphic. While Perry stopped short of saying that the five other websites would be targets of a shut down operation, it seems clear that the studio sees those sites as a major problem.

Image via News.com/Paramount Pictures

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Maybe they should take a look at their business model.

I'm a big fan of Game of thrones. I wanted to add HBO Canada to my cable provider package to watch this TV show live. Yep i wanted to give them my hard earned money. Problem is they don't want it. HBO Canada and/or my cable provider said thank you but we don't want your money please don't download it illegally.

To add HBO Canada i need to get the Télémax + TMM packgage (i curently have Télémax + Super Écran package). Problem is this is the english package. The only difference with the french package is TMN instead of Super Écran and HBO Canada. The french package has all the other english channels avalaible (FOX, ABC, NBC, Space, ...). Since i'm the only one watching TV in english in my family getting the TMN package is not an option for me. I already pay 86$ CAD a month for my package. I only wanted to add HBO Canada to it. I was ready to pay for this ******* channel. But the awesome entertainment industry said no we don't want your money.

So what am i gonna do ? Luckily i still have my internet connection

So now the US has engaged cyber warfare on these file sharing sites, even though they are most likely hosted in different countries ... GG USA Gov.

I don't understand, has no one heard of this thing called NewsGroups? Same Content with faster download, sure you may have to pay a server fee but these websites have fees as well...

clotz2000 said,
I don't understand, has no one heard of this thing called NewsGroups? Same Content with faster download, sure you may have to pay a server fee but these websites have fees as well...

Newsgroups are only good for recent or very popular stuff and they have a relatively short retention time after which stuff is deleted. They were not designed for large files either so everything has to be split into a billion parts. In short, they suck.

hmm i wonder if they got permission to use the websites logos in that image??

I would love an internet completely free of piracy, just to test to see if their revenues go up or down and as a bonus all the anti piracy people would be out of work

rapidshare only lets free accounts to download around 30Kbps while this others are faster, more people that knows that arent using rapidshare which is probably why is not on that list

you must pay a subscription fee to get all the full benefits but still if all laws and regulations are meet then one can do this. it is like when we buy a vcr and decide to record the show that we know that we will miss but yet is not legal to do such unless used for your private use. it still does come with the red button that symbolizes the record function. oh gosh we have guest coming....never mind.

Sofaires said,
rapidshare only lets free accounts to download around 30Kbps while this others are faster, more people that knows that arent using rapidshare which is probably why is not on that list

i feel that this is becoming way over the limits. if people wish to share their media files with others they should be allowed to do such. with the internet advancing as it is we will become even more connected. to me this is not protecting your civil rights or personal and privacy to do things you wish to happen. sure the stuff is originating from a purchased source but i feel it is everyone's responsibility to protect and secure all of your contents, you should not be told or instructed what you may or not do. yes there is a need of some form of security but this must be balanced to more accommodate the needs of the public as a respectable level or all sides, unless all the governments want to take back or lock down their old technology. there is ways of doing this in legal format but the public/government must be informed and educated to protect ones rights.

belto said,
i feel that this is becoming way over the limits. if people wish to share their media files with others they should be allowed to do such.

Therein lies the problem, it's it not THEIR media files. What you are buying is a right to use the files for yourself, you aren't allowed to share them with everyone. If you were who would buy anything?

sava700 said,
They will never stop torrents and magnets from being accessed or downloaded, I don't even know why they try.

Why would they try to stop people from illegally downloading their property? I can't imagine.

sava700 said,
They will never stop torrents and magnets from being accessed or downloaded, I don't even know why they try.

They don't need to. In fact they like torrents because they can track and sue users.

who the hell uses these places to download movies and software from anyways I'd rather have a torrent/magnet anyday of 50 bizillion little rar files

Athlonite said,
who the hell uses these places to download movies and software from anyways I'd rather have a torrent/magnet anyday of 50 bizillion little rar files

Except the MAFIAA can track BitTorrent users then sue them (or get ISP to disconnect them). They can't track cyberlocker users.

Get the fu*king hands from MediaFire. I keep there my example files that I share on 3d graphic forums. I also keep there my images that I also share.

mantragora said,
Get the fu*king hands from MediaFire. I keep there my example files that I share on 3d graphic forums. I also keep there my images that I also share.

you wont have anything to worry about if your files are legit, unless the host decided to disable all shareing to any one but or self which realy does defeat the point of paying for there services, it might be time for you to look else where to host your files.

Yet more proof that they simply don't get it. Shutting down these sites will do nothing but push pirates further underground. Much the same way that killing Napster and all the other various P2P applications didn't.

Majesticmerc said,
Yet more proof that they simply don't get it. Shutting down these sites will do nothing but push pirates further underground. Much the same way that killing Napster and all the other various P2P applications didn't.

bleh back to private ftp's we go =]

PurpleHaze420 said,
I would love to know how Rapidshare avoids being on that list, laughable.

They've already been targeted and had their day in court.

MightyJordan said,
Never even heard of Putlocker.

neither had i until last year tbh they are mostly used to "stream" videos but you can buy the ability to download. I admit i use it to watch telle, though another site that lists the shows.

thealexweb said,
Maybe he should be questioning himself why they are so popular...

I'm sure he already has, it's just that he ended up with the faulty assumption that all people will steal if possible. It can't possibly be anything wrong with their pricing, release dates or anything like that. It's all the consumers fault. That's how these people seem to think.

Aergan said,

I was wondering the same, maybe "donation" bias or buy in?

Mediafire and DropBox same thing. Basically the MPAA doesn't want the cloud to exist. Whole sheet is misleading. They aren't rogue and never never heard of PutLocker. Don't see Oron there. And it's hard to find a fan. MPAA loves to be the Bully. No wonder they refused to give Bully a PG 13 . Honestly really no point in sharing movies. Or music. RIAA has MPAA paranoid. zzzzz