FlameLoad is a relatively recent website that you might want to consider if searching for an alternative to the omnipresent file-hosting services such as Rapidshare or Megaupload.
Whether for backup purposes or driven by the desire to share content with your buddies, the site offers you an easy way to host your media on the Web.
Compared to other similar file-sharing solutions FlameLoad offers the advantage of supporting URL leeching as well as remote uploading, which means more freedom to the users.
The service allows you to simultaneously upload two different files. You can also add passwords to the files you want to upload to limit the access to them exclusively to those you choose to share that material with.
Hofile.com, like any popular file-hosting service (it’s rapidly catching up with veterans such as Rapidshare and Megaupload although it’s only 2 years old) must have its share of legal troubles. Several major studios including Disney, Fox, Columbia, Warner Bros. and Universal have teamed up to fill a lawsuit against the cyberlocker and its Russian owner Anton Titov for copyright infringement “on a massive scale.”
The plaintiffs accuse Hotfile of making profit from encouraging users to upload and share unauthorized material.
“Hotfile profits from this theft by charging a monthly fee to users who download content from its servers,” says the MPAA. “Hotfile also operates an incentive scheme that rewards users for uploading the most popular files — which are almost exclusively copyrighted works. Hotfile profits richly while paying nothing to the studios for their stolen content,” adds the group.
Here’s a new service for sharing your files online and making them accessible to whomever you want. It’s called Infest and allows you to upload 250 MB of files for free. Your friends can then download the files as soon as you provide them with the correspondent link.
Yeah, I know, there are plenty of similar services, right? But Infest comes with another cool feature – you make money each time someone downloads any of your files. When that amount reaches at least $ 10 you can request a direct payment via PayPal.
Of course, sharing download links on social networks site abounding with people addicted to downloading stuff is the first thing it comes to one’s mind. And since Infest also offers paid accounts you can upload much larger files (up to 500 MB) and attract potential downloaders quicker.
While the idea is not totally new, the site makes use of it in a simple and stylish way.
The legal issues experienced by the popular file-hosting service RapidShare have been both numerous and cumbersome since the website facilitates the downloading of unauthorized content and copyright owners have tried to solve this in court.
However, Christian Schmid, the founder of the site, has solid reasons to celebrate as a German court ruled yesterday in favor of the service in the case against the movie rental company Capelight Pictures, TorrentFreak reports.
After initially losing the case RapidShare made an appeal which ended successfully for them with the Dusseldorf Court of Appeals overturning the first verdict considering that the file-hosting website can’t be held responsible for the copyright infringement acts committed by its users.
Naturally, Schmid was prompt in expressing his satisfaction with the new verdict: “We are very happy about the judgment. The court has confirmed that RapidShare is not responsible for the contents of files uploaded by its users.”
“The judgment shows that attempts to denounce our business model as illegal will not be successful in the long run. With its 1-click-filehosting model, RapidShare responds to legitimate interests of its users and will continue to do so in the future,” he added.
While earlier rulings had forced RapidShare to filter content proactively, the new one by the Court of Appeals found that the service is conducting an entirely legal business and discounted the deterrent measures the copyright claimed as necessary.
Over the last few months, predictions, estimations and studies have been made with regard to which will dominate in the end between the mighty two infamous technologies – P2P (peer-to-peer) and (the more recently become popular) file-hosting services such as RapidShare and MegaUpload.
Well, the file hosting sites seemed to have won over p2p with respect to at least one segment of the public – terrorists. Yeap, no spelling errors there. According to a Washington Times post which all the way through blatantly associates p2p technology exclusively with child molesters and copyright pirates (the subtitle speaks for itself “Child molesters, criminals share Web techniques”), Pakistani authorities arrested five American men who allegedly were willing to be recruited by terrorist groups and join the jihad after accessing militant Muslim material via file hosting sites.
The WT post refers to another article published in Sentinel which claimed that the terrorist organizations’ preference for file hosting services over p2p services is due to the better anonymity the former offer.
Cyberspace has become the new propaganda and recruiting territory for Osama bin Laden and other figures linked to terrorist attacks. According to the post, potential followers are targeted through the use of videos, audios and written missives uploaded on multiple file-hosting services which then allow the material to be anonymously downloaded.
While I do not want to undermine by any means the importance of the matter itself I can’t help but wonder if this threat will not be also used in the future to justify laws that affect the freedom on the Internet.