The following sites have lost payment processing as of 20th January 2014.
downloadstation89.blogspot.com (Paypal Terminated/Blog Removed)
arabfilms.org (Paypal/Moneybookers terminated/Site Closed)
We’ll continue to monitor these sites for any attempt to continue processing payments and act to mitigate any further attempts by these sites to monetise piracy
The following sites have lost payment processing accounts since the 20th December.
We will continue to target infringing and illegal file lockers and sites within the file locker eco system and we will work towards the complete removal of all payment processing options for sites which support illegal file sharing.
Mega has only been live a few days, however it’s already becoming a go to place for pirates wanting to share copyright infringing content.
We have detected numerous instances of Mega being used to distribute copyright content including cracks (software to circumvent copyright protection), music, movies and software.
Given that Mega says that it encrypts every file uploaded to it, many pirates are seeing it as the perfect storage vehicle for content that they are wanting to share with other pirates or that they wish to store in safe keeping to hang on to should their other distribution methods come under attack by anti-piracy groups.
Let’s examine some of what we have found so far.
Movies are being shared on Mega from piracy websites. This 2008 movie “Defiance” is being shared from a piracy blog and hosted at Mega for download.
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Today Paypal took action to terminate it’s relationship with Hotfile.
Hotfile is one of the largest sites on the Internet. A site which has attracted criticism from numerous anti-piracy groups, rights holder associations and rights holders. Having been embroiled in litigation over allegations it encouraged and facilitated copyright infringement it should have expected this day to come.
Unfortunately it is too often the case that where we find a blatant disregard of copyrights we also find a blatant disregard of human rights.
Recently a young woman was raped in the presence of her partner on a bus in India, a crime which took the life of an innocent victim. The case sent shockwaves around the world as it was noted for it’s savagery and ferociousness. At the same time as the world condemned the mistreatment of women, Hotfile was busy allowing people to share content purporting to depict rape, torture, incest and bestiality.
While the MPAA was taking Hotfile to task for breaches of copyright, we took a holistic view of the systemic problems with the Hotfile service. After substantial examination and research we came up with one simple conclusion. Hotfile is a haven for the sharing of copyright and illegal content.
Paypal took the appropriate action against Hotfile and we would encourage any other payment processor considering doing business with this site to think twice before allowing Hotfile to continue.
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Only Domains are yet another company helping Kim Dotcom use Paypal to process payments for his new venture Mega.
Paypal have widely publicised guidelines when it comes to processing payments for file sharing services and we do not believe that Paypal will allow a situation to eventuate where companies can bypass those restrictions by reselling services to services which have not met with the approval of Paypal.
Below is a screenshot showing the Only Domains payment page for Mega.
Below is a screenshot of the Paypal payment page
We will be working to ensure that this thinly veiled payment processing arrangement is not allowed to continue.