After Megaupload was shutdown earlier this week another large file-sharing website has shutdown its services. A statement was posted on FileSonic’s home page informing users that no further uploads would be allowed. Personal files can still be downloaded; previously shared download links no longer work. However, as of right now, FileSonic’s website is extremely slow – it was completely down for me a minute ago. It has since recovered, but if you have any files you wish to keep I would highly recommend you download them immediately. The statement on FileSonic’s website reads:
“All sharing functionality on FileSonic is now disabled. Our service can only be used to upload and retrieve files that youhave uploaded personally.”
Another large file-sharing website, Uploaded.to, has shutdown its US-based services. American users are greeted with a simple landing page informing them the services are not available to them.
Could this be the end of file-sharing websites? It does seem pretty risky business at the moment and I wouldn’t be surprised to see other websites discontinue their services.