As some of you may have heard, MegaUpload.com, a popular filesharing service was shut down last week. I won’t rehash the whole story, but let’s just say MegaUpload.com was indicted on charges of copyright infringement. You can read the story here. The timing of the shutdown was right on the heels of the SOPA/PIPA protest which has caused quite a stir on the interwebs. The timing is definitely odd and scary, but I’ve heard reports that it was a mere coincidence. As a result of the MegaUpload shutdown, several companies in the same industry have scaled back their services.
Here’s an excerpt from Readwriteweb.com of the effects so far:
Popular sites like FileSonic and FileServe are preventing users from downloading files uploaded by anybody other than themselves. Uploaded.to, another service used for hosting and sharing files, has stopped accepting users from U.S.-based IP addresses all together. In total, Evolver.fm’s Eliot Van Buskirk counted nine different file-hosting services that have made some kind of substantial change to their functionality since the MegaUpload shutdown.
So, how does this affect the drama community?
- Direct download links are somewhat harder to download from now because other filesharing sites are spooked by the MegaUpload shutdown.
- Links to files uploaded to MegaUpload are now dead. All that bandwidth and time spent uploading… down the drain.
- Fansubbers/downloaders who relied on these services will need to look for alternatives like torrent or IRC.
- Streaming sites like DramaCrazy and MySoju can’t say they are legally protected by the “safe harbor” provision of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). MegaUpload a legitimate business used the same excuse, but that didn’t stop the Feds from shutting them down. And let’s be honest here, we all know they’re uploading and posting the content on their sites.
- Popular torrent sites have been under heavy fire lately too. So, D-addicts.com is likely at risk.
The MegaUpload shutdown has definitely affected many of our releases here, but all hope is not lost! More recent releases were uploaded to MultiUpload which propagated the files to other free filesharing sites. So, if you’re here to download from the DDLs on this page here, ignore the MegaUpload links and download from MultiUpload.
Will we reupload releases to replace the MegaUpload links? I think the best thing to do now is to let the dust settle a bit before wasting resources to replace MegaUpload links. If you’re desperate, there’s always torrent. We may enlist YOUR help with reuploads in the future. Please help us if it comes down to that.
What are your thoughts on the whole situation? Scary? Not so scary? Business as usual?
There’s also a lively discussion about this on D-addicts.com. Feel free to chime in.
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- Dr. Koto Season 1
- First Kiss 1-11: Nyaa link | D-A link
- Gokusen Season 1
- Gokusen Season 2
- Gokusen Season 3
- Hana Yori Dango Season 1: Nyaa link | D-A link
- Hana Yori Dango Season 2: Nyaa link | D-A link
- Hanazakari no Kimi Tachi e 01-12 + Special: Nyaa link | D-A link
- Honey and Clover: Nyaa link | D-A link
- Hotman 2: Nyaa link | D-A link
- Ikebukuro West Gate Park 1-11 + Special: Nyaa link | D-A link
- Karei naru ichizoku 1-10: Nyaa link | D-A link
- Koizora 1-6 HD: Nyaa link | D-A link
- Liar Game Season 2 HD: Nyaa link | D-A link
- Nodame Cantabile 1-11 + Specials:
Nyaa link | D-A link
- Ruri no shima 1-10 + Special: Nyaa link | D-A link
- Ryuusei no Kizuna 1-10:
HD: Nyaa link | D-A link
SD: D-A link
- Sore wa totsuzen arashi no you ni 1-10: Nyaa link | D-A link
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