HenchFile.com are a brand new file locker who attract up-loaders with promises of high Pay Per Download rates and generous daily payments.
HenchFile.com may be new but as we know all too well at Stop File Lockers, these sites gain traction very quickly unless we nip them in the bud. Our plan for HenchFile.com is to do precisely that, to stop them before they gain a foothold in the piracy industry.
HenchFile make the curious claim that Paypal have endorsed them. When questioned about how long they can keep operating using Paypal they replied “Indefinitely. We’ve already been in contact with PayPal’s legal team and they’re cooperating with us.”. We think this is curious as they have also stated clearly that pornography is allowed at HenchFile.com.
UPDATE: 26th July 2012 Shortly after posting we rechecked HenchFile.com and found that Paypal appears to have been shut down.
UPDATE: 27th July 2012 Andrew Storey, owner of HenchFile.com made a legal threat we thought we’d share.
From: Andrew Storey [email protected]>
Subject: Removal of post
As we have identified, HenchFile.com is not a typical “file locker”. We are responsible and act in accordance with the law and always respond to the legitimate concerns of copyright owners. In addition we do not only provider regular file storage but also backup storage for web hosting companies.
Please can I therefore request that the article is removed?
In addition it is worth noting that we host vast amounts of personal and business files for people globally who are now unable to pay for premium access due to the report you filed with PayPal which is stipulated in the article. We reward our legitimate users via this method to promote them using our service as an added benefit.
We actively check all payouts for users BEFORE they’re made to ensure they’re not hosting any copyrighted material or files that contravene our ToS.
My lawyers may be in touch with regards to damages relating to loss of business due to the aforementioned.
Ergo, I trust that we can come to an amicable agreement and I therefore expect a swift response.
UPDATE: 3rd August 2012 HenchFile face more difficulty.
“This is a courtesy an email to make you aware of the progress we are making with the essential maintenance being carried out.
Unfortunately our primarily file server has suffered catastrophic hard drive failures involving multiple drives. We are working to try and recover any and all data however this cannot be guaranteed. RAID is in place on this server but due to the amount of issues the data may not be recoverable.
We apologise for the inconvenience this may cause, we will endeavour to restore services as quickly as possible and provide a further update as we get it.
Many thanks for your continued patience.
Read on for more about HenchFile.com
Like most File Lockers we have featured at Stop File Lockers, HenchFile.com offer up-loaders generous rewards for uploading popular content. They recruit up-loaders on sites like Digital Point Forums.
On their own website they go into much more detail about what they offer in the way of rewards to up-loaders and affiliates.
HenchFile.com make money by selling premium memberships which allow unrestricted downloading of content from their service. The business model is simple, receive more money in receipt of premium membership income than is paid out to run the service. Many file lockers seem to do this well, affiliates often complain that the file locker engages in shaving or artificially reducing affiliate payouts. It’s a bit like robbing Peter to pay Paul and just one of the curiosities of this industry.
As with most new file lockers, potential up-loaders of content have questions and one question that was posed was whether HenchFile allowed porn.
Of course porn is allowed says HenchFile. It didn’t take too much effort to find some porn available for download from HenchFile, note that it’s copyright infringing porn also. Note that Paypal prohibits selling access to pornography as a part of it’s AUP and Terms of Service.
Then we found a PC game for download from HenchFile, pretty quick to attract the pirates we must say. This file host has been open less than two weeks!
The producers of this game describe themselves as “We’re a pack of six persons, who produce handmade, masterly crafted and laser containing games. Currently, we’ve just finished the first episode of Tiny & Big: Grandpa’s Leftovers.”. Small studios like this are hurt badly by piracy but HenchFile.com don’t care about that, they only care about selling premium memberships.
HenchFile is precisely the kind of file locker we wish to shut down, by reaching them early we minimise the harm to rights holders who have their hard work stolen by thieves.