Today Hotfile closed for business. This is a watershed achievement for all those involved in bringing Hotfile to account for it’s massive copyright infringement.
Earlier this year, we had Hotfile terminated by Paypal. This was a massive hit to Hotfile’s finances as memberships paid via Paypal was it’s largest source of income. Hotfile was also in court with the MPAA who finally won the case against this cyberlocker.
As a result, Hotfile closed with the notice displayed in the image above. All files are now gone.
The Hotfile case proves that no file locker, no matter how big or small, can survive the will of rights holders to take commercial copyright infringement head on.
Netload recently lost access to Paypal again and it now seems the company which owns Netload is now in liquidation.
It is possible this is the beginning of the end for Netload, or it could be that the owners will relocate ownership of the site to another jurisdiction.
While the company is in liquidation assets can be sold off and unsecured creditors, including uploaders may lose their money owed by the company.
It’s been over a year since we published information about Uploaded, however in that year we have been quietly working to make things more difficult for this notorious cyberlocker.
Uploaded is loaded with copyright infringing content. It’s whole business model is based on the premise that there will be more uploads of copyright infringing content than DMCA notices issued to remove that content. It’s a giant game of risk and Uploaded do not care about limiting copyright infringement, they only need to make sure that as much content remains online as possible.
Uploaded.net use the company Cyando AG at Hauptstrasse 24, 8832 Wollerau, Switzerland as their front of operations. Protected by a shielding corporate structure they continue to operate with complete disregard of all laws pertaining to intellectual property.
Uploaded.net also distributes child exploitation content and bestiality content from it’s servers and seems to do very little to combat it. Most observers looking at Uploaded’s website would make the assumption that this is a reputable provider of cloud services, however the truth is they simply pay uploaders to upload copyright infringing content.
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OTEUpload is a file locker which carries some of the worst examples we have seen of blatant piracy and child exploitation content. It has been operating since 2012. Since it opened we have been responsible for removing several payment processing arrangements from this site.
Just under a year ago we forced the removal of their payment processing through Avangate.
It seems this file locker has not learnt it’s lesson as piracy and child pornography proliferate on this site.
This week OTEUpload.com contacted us, wanting us to work with them.
From: John Adami [email protected]
I am not sure if you ever recieved my previous message. I am the owner of OTE Network LLC, we have launched our first site OTEUpload.com in a stream of online services. We are happy to help you with whatever you need. If you are interested feel free to add me on skype or something else at OTE_Stephen and would like to have a chat with you or someone from your team. We have partnered ACIUF in the past and are willing to help with whatever you might find useful.
Thanks for your consideration.
I’m not sure if John got the memo, however the only assistance we will provide to sites that purposely deal in piracy and child exploitation is to guide them to closure and bankruptcy, perhaps even prison.
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The can be no doubt that Cyberlockers desire the ability to process payments through Paypal. No other payment system is as trusted by consumers worldwide.
Netload were terminated by Paypal last year after we gathered extensive evidence of their criminal behaviour.
However, it seems they did not learn from the experience of being denied Paypal, so they have decided to have another try, this time using the seemingly innocuous business name Antares Cloud Services Pte. Ltd.
However we have quickly acted to have their account terminated and they can no longer receive payments via Paypal.
We’d like to acknowledge the report provided to us via the Copy Control report piracy link which uncovered this deception by Netload.
UltraMegaBit, a file locker owned by Rudy Corella, is still conducting it’s illegal business of criminal copyright infringement.
We have previously explored the rampant piracy on UltraMegaBit and many months on we find that nothing has changed.
It’s almost certain UltraMegaBit has not entered into licensing arrangements to distribute DVD rips of movies.
UltraMegaBit is also a venue for the rampant piracy of pornography.
However, behind every infringing file locker stands a web hosting company. In the case of UltraMegaBit the hosting company is Choopa.com
Choopa.com profit from piracy by harbouring sites like UltraMegaBit.com, they know this yet turn a blind eye. Presumably the money they make from pandering to pirates is lucrative enough that they don’t care about the damage that is done by rights holders.