Saturday, February 23, 2013

Three Strikes on 4shared

... or is it?

I got this email earlier this week:
Dear Sir/Madam,

We have received a notification that certain materials you posted on the 4Shared website as described below infringe upon someone else’s copyright:

Access to this material has been temporarily disabled or such material has been removed.

This is the THIRD instance of copyright infringement claim associated with your 4shared account. In accordance with 4shared’s Terms of Use, your account is now TERMINATED. You are permanently banned from using 4shared’s services. You will not be able to open a new 4shared account if you attempt to register under the same name or email address or from an IP address associated with the terminated account. 4shared will also disallow the registration of a new account if it has reasonable suspicion that the person attempting to register is you.

Blah, blah, blah...

I've had my account for a long time and I used to upload MP3s so I can listen to songs over the Internet, kinda like cloud storage before clouds were all the rage. Now that iTunes and Amazon music clouds are popular, I haven't uploaded anything to 4shared for a long time. I do link some previously uploaded MP3 files to my tumblr page since tumblr only lets you upload one song per day. Anyway, not that I'm complaining, but my account is still active and all the links still work. Maybe it takes them more than 4 days to TERMINATE an account.


Antinoise said...

Hi, I have the same problem that you and I am feared. ¿Is Your account actived? Today, I received that message and I don't know to do. ¿Is There a solution for this?
Answer me, please.

Anonymous said...

@Antinoise- It means that you can't make another account under a different name, they track your IP address, so any attempt to bypass that can't be done. I've gotten one strike and had my account suspended. Having your account permanently terminated is a much more serious issue. Basically, you can never use 4Shared again to upload things (and sometimes to download, 4Shared requires you to log in to download certain things). Unless you move to another location or country, which is pretty extreme.

If you can prove you didn't do anything wrong, you can appeal the decision they took, but if you did upload music or anything that isn't rightfully yours, then there is nothing you can do :/