Mediafire said it is not worried about police operating on behalf of Big Content battering down its doors and dragging its staff off to jail.
There had been some fears that Big Content, buoyed by the success of its shut down of Megaupload might ask police to close down all similar sites which operate in the same way.
Two well-known file-sharing services, Uploaded.to and Filesonic have disabled several features of their sites this weekend because of the Megaupload scandal.
But Derek Labian, CEO of MediaFire, told VentureBeat he isn’t too concerned about the government going after his company because, unlike Megaupload, MediaFire doesn’t incentivize piracy.
His business is a bit like Box.net and Dropbox and is a legitimate business targeting professionals, he said.
Labian said that Megaupload was “shady” and said the $175 million in revenues the company made should give people pause.Megaupload’s structure gave users monetary rewards for uploading pirated content. Users of the service could upload without a cap but users who want to download a large file (or download it faster) would have to pay for it.
He said that Megaupload was making a ridiculous amount of money with a ridiculously bad service.
Labian might not have the get out of jail free card he thinks he has. But the company’s free file-sharing solution can also be used easily for sharing copyrighted files, especially music, with friends, relatives or anyone on the web.
Venturebeat points out that if you do a Google search for a song name, an artist name and “MediaFire,” for example, will likely bring you to a copy of that file that can easily be downloaded from a MediaFire page.
However Labian said that MediaFire was a “private service” and the only reason Google indexes a MediaFire page is when it has been shared by a user on a third-party site. That is not MediaFire’s fault for this and said Google should look into the issue.
Labian said he wasn’t worried about the government stepping in is because the company maintains a “good relationship” with various government bodies, including “Homeland Security, ICE, and the FBI.” It also immediately takes down dodgy files.