SharpFile.com is one of a new breed of file host who believe that they are impervious to the blunt trauma that is inflicted upon such a site when they lose all forms of payment processing. Make no mistake about it, SharpFile.com is a home to pirate games, software, Hollywood movies and even Porn (which is against SharpFile’s TOS but happily resides there anyway).
SharpFile.com do not appear to be mitigating the heavy flow of pirate content onto their servers, in fact they encourage it by offering up to $40 per 1000 downloads. SharpFile.com has one purpose, to be a repository for stolen content and to profit from it at the expense of rights holders.
We investigated SharpFile.com thoroughly over a two week period. Over that time we saw infringements followed by repeat infringements. SharpFile do nothing to mitigate piracy.
UPDATE: 22nd July 2012 SharpFile have now lost their MoneyBookers payment option and currently have no premium payment options. We will ensure this site is kept under active review and act immediately if another payment processor is added.
Read on to see more of SharpFile.com operations
SharpFile, like many file lockers, need to attract up-loaders by offering incentives. In the case of SharpFile they pay people who upload content up to $40 per 1000 downloads. The bigger the file and more popular the file, the more the uploader gets. So a Blu-Ray Rip of a popular Hollywood film is likely to meet both criteria.
Above is a screenshot from a popular forum which caters to File Lockers and their affiliate programs, below is a screenshot of the SharpFile Affiliate page.
SharpFile even say that they will pay up-loaders of content which is removed due to copyright notices.
SharpFile make money by selling premium memberships to people who wish to download content at full speed and without restriction. SharpFile make money by ensuring they pay out less to up-loaders / affiliates than they receive in premium membership fees. As virtually all of the content we identified on SharpFile.com was illegal, stolen, pirated content then it follows that SharpFile is profiting from theft.
Above is a screenshot of the SharpFile premium offer and below is a screenshot showing the MoneyBookers/Skrill payment page clearly showing a recipient email address of [email protected]
Now let’s delve a little into the shady world of SharpFile’s profit making content, content which is owned by others and that SharpFile have no rights to distribute.
Above we see a Blu-Ray movie Rip of a popular movie “The Departed” released in 2006 and later released on Blu-Ray in 2011. Below we see that another movie has been featured on a popular Warez forum with links to a number of download options including SharpFile.com.
SharpFile also carry large amounts of pirate software. In order to prove that SharpFile do not mitigate piracy of popular software titles we have found Adobe Illustrator directly available for download from SharpFile.
If popular software is not your thing, you might just like a movie. Another example of direct infringement by SharpFile below.
Popular Game titles aren’t safe from being shared from SharpFile. Another gaming warez forum shows a popular soccer title is available from SharpFile amongst a number of other filer lockers.
SharpFile show wanton negligence when it comes to their hosting of illegally shared content. SharpFile and sites like it exist only to profit from content theft. There is no noble motive involved, it’s all about greed and the desire to profit from the hard work of others.
We have SharpFile under active review and will report back any developments.