First MegaUpload, then RapidShare, and now Sharebeast, the latest filesharing service to be shut down by the government. As of this past Friday, the U.S. Justice Department has seized Sharebeast.com as a result of the FBI acting “pursuant to a seizure warrant related to suspect criminal copyright infringement.” According to a DOJ release, Sharebeast was the largest U.S.-based filesharing service.
“This is a huge win for the music community and legitimate music services,”RIAA Chairman and CEO Cary Sherman said in a statement. “Sharebeast operated with flagrant disregard for the rights of artists and labels while undermining the legal marketplace. Millions of users accessed songs from Sharebeast each month without one penny of compensation going to countless artists, songwriters, labels, and others who created the music. We are grateful to the FBI and the Department of Justice for its strong stand against Sharebeast and for recognizing that these types of illicit sites wreak major damage on the music community and hinder fans’ legitimate listening options.”
Other related domains including albumjams.com and mp3pet.com have also been taken down. The DOJ said that they reported over 100,000 infringing files to Sharebeast without satisfaction.