Today marks two years since this project began.
In that time we have shut down more one or more forms of payment processing for more than 1400 sites. We have shut down the payment processing for 734 file lockers and we have seen more than 700 blogs, forums and file lockers killed completely either because they could not fund their site any longer or they grew tired of the relentless pressure we put on them.
When we began we had identified around 1500 file lockers big and small and now that number has dwindled to 697.
Our biggest challenge to date has been bringing down the big file lockers – however while they are not down yet we have impacted their payment processing on numerous occasions.
Our challenge now is to take the fight right up to the largest file lockers to deprive them of access to credit card processing.
Sites like File Factory, Netload, Rapidgator, Keep2Share, Uploaded, Mega, UltraMegaBit and many more are in our sights and we intend to cut off every single monetisation method they use.
This is not a sprint but a marathon and we will pursue this project until it reaches it’s natural conclusion.
After months of discussions and ongoing pressure , we saw Avangate finally remove payment processing from a large batch of file hosts. Avangate did this reluctantly and in the end it came down to the risk to Avangate of losing relationships important to it’s ongoing business. At the time of writing there are still a handful of file sharing sites using Avangate.
Avangate became a refuge of last resort for many file lockers, the largest of which were Freakshare and Bitshare who fled to Avangate after the loss of their Paypal relationships. Avangate took on the business of Freakshare and Bitshare knowing our objections to the illegal file sharing business. For too long, Avangate completely thumbed it’s nose at legitimate rights holders by processing payments for infringing websites.
We shall be keeping a close eye on Avangate over the weeks and months to come, prepared to lobby those who provide necessary services to Avangate for as long as Avangate continue to support IP infringing merchants.
The sites affected by the Avangate’s decision to remove some file sharing merchants are:
Ultimately all third party payment processors accepting credit cards or Paypal rely on their relationships with those organisations. In cases where payment processors do not adopt a best practices approach to the mitigation of IP infringement it will be necessary to continue to apply pressure on their business relationships and to conduct a public campaign until such time as the payment processor decides to place IP rights above profit.
We will continue to monitor all of the sites listed above to ensure that there are no safe havens of payment processing available to them.
We are pleased to announce the formation of a new organisation to take over the Stop File Lockers campaign and progress the campaign even further, then move on to tackle more forms of commercial piracy.
Copy Control Pty. Limited is a brand new corporation which has the sole aim of fighting commercial piracy on a global scale. With this new organisation the Stop File Lockers campaign will have the backing of a wide range of staff and volunteers and will be able to work in it’s own right.
Stop File Lockers is now an official project owned by Copy Control. You may follow Copy Control on Twitter @CopyControlHQ and soon you will be able to subscribe to a news mailing list and access real time updates on all of our work.
The formation of this new organisation will ensure that this and other projects have longevity and greater participation from the wider community.