Just one day after several websites symbolically blacked out in opposition to SOPA, the Feds taught us what happens when you dare to speak up. The Department of Justice marched into the file-sharing site MegaUpload and slashed up all of their tents, before hosing the entire place down and displacing the pirates. Four people were arrested after more than 20 search warrants in the U.S. and eight foreign countries were executed, seizing 18 domain names and an estimated $50 million in assets. I also hear there was name calling.

The Justice Department and FBI called the action "among the largest criminal copyright cases ever brought by the United States." How large? MegaUpload advertises that it has more than 50 million visitors a day. Word to the wise, if you're going to run an illegal piracy syndicate that earns you hundreds of millions of dollars, probably not a good idea to advertise. Promise me you'll at least consider it.

With MegaUpload up shit's creek, where are we going to go to watch Fast and the Furious without paying for it? Well, I'm no narc but I hear these six sites got the good stuff.


4shared is currently the largest file-sharing site on the Internet. They 2.5 billion pageviews per month which is more pageviews than our parents or their parents have ever earned. If Screen Junkies enjoyed that kind of traffic, we'd write all of our posts with Minority Report technology. You can find and share all manner of media on 4shared -- text, audio, video, and photos of cats. Just remember, the site is only to be used for storing legal materials.


With MegaUpload cut down at the knees, MediaFire could definitely find themselves on the list. Their service is great, offering unlimited storage space. But you should know that the company "may disclose your personal information or any of its log file information when required by law or in the good-faith belief that such actions are necessary to "conform to the edicts of the law or comply with a legal process served on us; protect and defend the rights or property of MediaFire, or visitors of MediaFire; identify persons who may be violating the law, the legal notice, or the rights of third parties; co-operate with the investigations of purported unlawful activities."

It's them or you, man.


The paid subscription service is always getting in trouble with Metallica and Congress. But they have taken measures to appease both copyright owners and their own customers alike. When requested they remove copyrighted material and don't let users search for illegal files. Of course, they do have their enemies and it only seems like a matter of time before they're pulled back into court.


FilesTube allows users to enter a search term and then see an optimized list of sites where the file is available. However, abuse of the service for illegal uses has led to it being banned in Malaysia. Keep that in mind next time you're enjoying Langkawi’s cultural richness and feel like taking in an episode of Supernatural.


FileServe often finds itself brought up in conversation along MegaUpload. It's just a matter of time for the very similar service. In November, it was added to Google's blacklist for auto-complete. Which is weird considering I just Googled it while writing this article and had no problem.


Based out of Panama, HotFile pulls in 23 million visitors. However, unlike RapidShare and Fileserve, they do not have your back. Every visitor's info is recorded and in a situation where they are asked to hand over IP addresses, they'll do so in a heartbeat. Then everyone will know that you like movies like Grown Ups. Is it worth the risk?

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