By Clay Adams
- Posted on 23. January 2012 17:46
SOPA’s Last Death Rattle
While the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) endured a web-wide battering, most notably on January 18 with titans like Wikipedia and Google participating in the protest, the anti-piracy rallying rippled far enough to reach one of the biggest alleged offenders.
On the coattails of defeat over legislation that would have threatened the very fabric of the internet, Anti-Piracy advocates celebrated a small triumph as Federal Prosecutors shut down behemoth file sharing website, Megaupload.
Slaying the Download Dragon
Accused of costing copyright holders $500 million at the consequence of online piracy, Megaupload’s demise didn’t just coincide with the heated SOPA controversy. They were also trying to straighten up and fly right, trying to work towards cutting out the illegitimacy from the business.
Despite putting their best foot forward, it was too little, too late for the download dragon. Upon visiting Megaupload.com, or any of its associated domains, you’ll be greeted by an FBI Anti-Piracy notice explaining the site has been seized and the responsible parties charged with crimes ranging from Money Laundering to Racketeering.
Now What Do We Do?
The aftermath of the shutdown has left 180 million registered users without their go-to file sharing site, and many are now searching for alternatives. With the popularity of FTP, finding a new solution shouldn’t represent too many challenges, although FTP has its drawbacks.
To overcome those drawbacks, most are flocking to the growing array of FTP alternatives. When it comes to storing and sharing really big files, a Cloud-based system such as eTransmittal is much more desirable, especially considering the importance of speed, storage space and security.
Clay is a staff writer and digital publicist for bWERX Inc. Contributing 7+ years of web-based business experience, he constantly works to improve our online presence and visitor experience. His writing topics include technology news, business software news and tech help guides.