The U.S. government's takedown of MegaUpload and subsequent arrests sent a strong and clear message that even without SOPA/PIPA written into law, it still wields an awfully big hammer. Perhaps federal authorities felt they needed a victory following the collapse of SOPA/PIPA, and MegaUpload is their head on a spike. If that's the case, it worked. FileSonic.com, a file sharing site with offices in the U.K. and Hong Kong, has pulled the plug on sharing files.
"All sharing functionality on FileSonic is now disabled. Our service can only be used to upload and retrieve files that you have uploaded personally," a message reads in a red banner across the top of FileSonic's homepage.
Even though FileSonic is headquartered overseas, it's a dotcom website and therefore falls under U.S. jurisdiction and can be legally seized. That's exactly what happened with MegaUpload.com, which is based in Hong Kong, and U.S. officials collaborated with authorities in New Zealand to arrest site founder Kim Dotcom and others associated with the website.
FileSonic's file sharing service gives users free access to 10GB of storage for 30 days with "limited speed" and a 1GB file size limitation. For $9/month, FileSonic's Pro services ups the ante to unlimited storage, time, and speed, and kicks the files size limit up to 5GB.