The ‘Stop File Lockers’ project hit its 90 day anniversary recently so having monitored developments on a daily basis since they began, TorrentFreak caught up with King to see where the campaign is three months on. (all figures from late September)
“In that time we have shut down one or more forms of payment processing for 503 sites. This includes file lockers, resellers, plus piracy enablers we have needed to focus on in relation to a file locker investigation, image hosting sites or web hosts for example,” King told us.
“54 sites have gone offline completely, some we understand went offline with unpaid server bills. A further 34 sites are currently with no payment processing service and 22 of those we expect to go offline in the near future,” added.
As well as more informal chat on industry forums, the anti-filelocker action orchestrated by King has been documented on StopFileLockers.com. The site contains lists of dozens – hundreds – of sites that have been affected by the campaign. It has also become a hub where disgruntled copyright holders can make a request for specific sites to receive attention.
“In the past three months 209 reports of infringing sites have been made through the Stop File Lockers website. Of those 194 sites have had one or more forms of payment processing terminated. Most of these sites were already on our radar before the reports were made but we greatly appreciate the information received from the wider community,” King explains.