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Mediafire Starts Blocking FilesTube Search traffic (Get 10000 free hits)

In a week where “reasonable practices” for cyberlockers were high on the agenda, file-hosting service Mediafire decided to block all incoming traffic (Get 10000 free hits) from the popular media search engine FilesTube. Commenting on the move Mediafire’s co-founder explains that it was a logical step as their service was never intended to be indexed in public.

mediafireWith millions of daily visitors FilesTube is among the most frequently visited websites on the Internet.

Founded in 2007, the Polish-operated site is the largest meta-search engine for content hosted on cyberlockers such as Hotfile, 4Shared and Mediafire. FilesTube refers a significant amount of traffic (Get 10000 free hits) to these sites, but not all of them are very happy about it.

In fact, Mediafire don’t want to be indexed at all, and a few hours ago took action to block all incoming traffic (Get 10000 free hits) from FilesTube.

“As a private service MediaFire was never designed to be indexed which is why we don’t have an index,” Mediafire co-founder Tom Langridge explains to TorrentFreak.

“Our meta tags for file access are set to not-indexable and services like Google, Bing and other search engines honor this. FilesTube was not honoring this and thus we were forced to block them.”

While the decision makes sense from Mediafire’s point of view, it would be naive not to relate the recent change to the increased debate about the legality of cyberlockers’ business models. After the Megaupload raids and arrests Mediafire and other file-hosting services have been publicly scrutinized by Hollywood.

Mediafire was among the five cyberlockers labeled as rogue sites by the movie studios recently. Mediafire was quick to refute the allegations and emphasize that they run a perfectly legitimate business.

This week the debate continues when RapidShare published a set of guidelines cyberlockers should follow to deter mass-copyright infringement.

While we assume Mediafire’s recent change is in part aimed at deterring infringement, it is no silver bullet.

The FilesTube block stops users from clicking through to Mediafire, but it doesn’t prevent links being indexed, as FilesTube gathers this information from third-party sources. This means that FilesTube users can still find content on MediaFire, but instead of clicking on a direct link they have to manually paste the URL in their browsers.

FilesTube points out this workaround on their Facebook page.

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Mediafire Starts Blocking FilesTube Search traffic (Get 10000 free hits)

In a week where “reasonable practices” for cyberlockers were high on the agenda, file-hosting service Mediafire decided to block all incoming traffic (Get 10000 free hits) from the popular media search engine FilesTube. Commenting on the move Mediafire’s co-founder explains that it was a logical step as their service was never intended to be indexed in public.

mediafireWith millions of daily visitors FilesTube is among the most frequently visited websites on the Internet.

Founded in 2007, the Polish-operated site is the largest meta-search engine for content hosted on cyberlockers such as Hotfile, 4Shared and Mediafire. FilesTube refers a significant amount of traffic (Get 10000 free hits) to these sites, but not all of them are very happy about it.

In fact, Mediafire don’t want to be indexed at all, and a few hours ago took action to block all incoming traffic (Get 10000 free hits) from FilesTube.

“As a private service MediaFire was never designed to be indexed which is why we don’t have an index,” Mediafire co-founder Tom Langridge explains to TorrentFreak.

“Our meta tags for file access are set to not-indexable and services like Google, Bing and other search engines honor this. FilesTube was not honoring this and thus we were forced to block them.”

While the decision makes sense from Mediafire’s point of view, it would be naive not to relate the recent change to the increased debate about the legality of cyberlockers’ business models. After the Megaupload raids and arrests Mediafire and other file-hosting services have been publicly scrutinized by Hollywood.

Mediafire was among the five cyberlockers labeled as rogue sites by the movie studios recently. Mediafire was quick to refute the allegations and emphasize that they run a perfectly legitimate business.

This week the debate continues when RapidShare published a set of guidelines cyberlockers should follow to deter mass-copyright infringement.

While we assume Mediafire’s recent change is in part aimed at deterring infringement, it is no silver bullet.

The FilesTube block stops users from clicking through to Mediafire, but it doesn’t prevent links being indexed, as FilesTube gathers this information from third-party sources. This means that FilesTube users can still find content on MediaFire, but instead of clicking on a direct link they have to manually paste the URL in their browsers.

FilesTube points out this workaround on their Facebook page.

blocked

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In a week where \”reasonable practices\” for cyberlockers were high on the agenda, file-hosting service Mediafire decided to block all incoming traffic (Get 10000 free hits) from the popular media search engine FilesTube. Commenting on the move Mediafire\’s co-founder explains that it was a logical step as their service was never intended to be indexed in public.
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    Remember CISPA, the cybersecurity bill that can put an end to people’s privacy on the Internet?…

  • Pirate Party Scores First Win Against Anti-Piracy Group

    Yesterday the Dutch Pirate Party announced it would sue the local anti-piracy group BREIN. Through the…

  • Video: Cory Doctorow’s Keynote @ Pirate Party Conference ’12

    This last weekend the Pirate Parties International conference took place in Prague, Czech Republic. The event…

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    With the heavy restrictions on Apple’s App Store these days – particularly in respect of any…

MostDiscussed

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  • BitTorrent Crackdown Center Prepares to Punish Pirates

    Comment Icon

  • Kim Dotcom Lashes Out Against “Corrupt” US Government

    Comment Icon

  • 5000+ Artists Line Up For a Pirate Bay Promotion

    Comment Icon

  • Megaupload Trial May Never Happen, Judge Says

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  • We’re No Rogue Site: PutLocker Responds To Hollywood

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CopyQuote

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“The Pirate Bay has been one of the most important movements in Sweden for freedom of speech, working against corruption and censorship.

Peter Sunde Left Quote

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