File-sharing website MegaUpload was shut down Thursday as the federal government accused it of numerous breaches of copyright laws. The news was followed by a hacker attack on the Department of Justice’s website, and MegaUpload’s supporters defended the websites’ use for legal purposes such as sharing users’ own videos and photos with friends.
MegaUpload remains closed, but tech site Gizmodo released a list of five file-sharing sites people can turn to in the interim. Its picks:
RapidShare: RapidShare users upload files, then share them through URLs. A membership service offers file encryption, immediate downloads and other features.
MediaFire: This service uses drag-and-drop technology, but unpaid MediaFire users are limited to 200MB uploads at a time, with files usually expiring after 30 days. MediaFire’s membership service increases upload sizes and doesn’t have file expirations.
YouSendIt: Used by businesses, YouSendIt also has free and paid accounts for individual users. Free users have an ad-supported 2GB of storage and 50MB upload limits, but paid memberships increase both and come with additional features.
Minus: This service uses drag-and-drop uploading technology and lets users share via links. Minus’ free accounts offer indefinite 50GB of storage with 2GB upload limits.
Others: Gizmodo lumps in Dropbox, SugarSync and Windows Live Mesh. The services leverage the cloud and allow sharing via folders on your desktop. However, none of them offer unlimited storage or uploads.