In case you’re not a regular here, over the years I’ve offered a variety of more or less large files on this site: a portable version of OpenOffice 3.2.1, a portable version of R (about version 2.11, I think), high resolution episodes of Pioneer One (that’s a free series primarily distributed over BitTorrent), Doctor Who trailers, portable versions of Flash, some other free portable or non-portable applications (7-Zip, GnuPG with unlocked key size – binary and source -, etc), my OWN application VisualGPG, Catalyst drivers, some other drivers (like, all the drivers of my computers), and other things I’m probably forgetting. That was all legal files, in total about 200 files for about 10 GiB.
Well, they’ve just all been stolen – during my sleep like a proper robbery – by the FBI, who effectively took them away when they decided to shut down MegaUpload. Although I did have a backup of my most important files, I didn’t have a backup of most of the files, which were rather there for storage or archiving. They claim they did that to fight copyright infringement, well at least copying isn’t stealing. But taking away the files is. The FBI robbed my files, should I call the police? … or maybe I should call al-Qaeda?
Anyway, for you visitors, it means that at the moment, all the files I link to on Megaupload are sadly unavailable. For a few of them, a FileSonic mirror is available. I’ll try to upload some of the others there, too. But I don’t really have the time to browse all the site looking for every missing file, so in case you need specific files, drop a comment and I’ll give them priority for the re-up, if I have a backup of them.
Well, this seemed to have scared the hell out of other hosts. FileSonic, the alternate mirror where I put some of the files, also SILENTLY (as usual when they do a crappy move) disabled file-sharing (since they delete uploaded files after 30 days with no downloads I really wonder what kind of a business model they can have now…). Good thing I hadn’t moved more files to them…
Since it seems that most file hosts are (or will be) chickening out too (which I guess is understandable since they get treated worse than terrorists), I’m left with the only option to host the files on this very server. This means that there won’t be big files anymore (bye bye Pioneer One…), and also probably I won’t keep an archive of old versions apart from a few exceptions.
Looks like legal action is indeed on its way, see Joint complaint of those affected by the closure of Megaupload service. Of course, Megaupload’s Terms of Service said something along the line “we reserve the right to delete your hosted files at any time”, but it didn’t reserve the right for a third party such as the FBI to do so.