Megaupload Files May Be Getting Deleted: What Does That Mean For Independent Artists?
The Feds announced today that as of Thursday the coffers of file sharing giant, Megaupload, may be razed due to copyright infringement laws. Today those files were given a stay of execution for another 2 weeks. Over 50 million files may be deleted in what is turning out to be one of the largest, if not the largest internet-seizures in history.
While it is true that many of the files hosted on the file sharing domain are copyright material, another function of Megaupload is providing a high traffic source for small and independent artists to host their content for free.
It is said that Megaupload creates up to 8% of the traffic on the internet. A source that big is a huge resource for the struggling and emerging artist to showcase his work. So where can those unsigned find free hosting and sharing for their work in this soon-to-be post Megaupload world? Both Mediafire and Limelinx provide similar services to Megaupload including bookmarking features and is available to all sorts of media.
Below are a few other sites that provide similar services, but with an added social twist:
www.soundcloud.com: Soundcloud is a site that encourages small artists to upload, collaborate and create together.
http://www.datpiff.com: Known as one of the premiere locations for hip-hop mixtapes, Datpiff makes itself available for anyone who wishes to distribute and expose their music for a nominal fee on the internet.