Why EX.UA, Ukraine’s largest file-sharing service, is closed?

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Source : 112 Ukraine

The one-click hosting service is in contradiction with a draft law "On state support of cinema in Ukraine"
11:23, 18 November 2016

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Ukraine’s largest file sharing platform EX.UA has been closed. The reason for this were numerous threats, blackmail, unwillingness to work outside the legal field. So, at least, this was the official explanation for the users. On the decision to close appeared on November 16 on the main page of the resource.

"Over the past year EX.UA had to face the direct threats, blackmail (including at the international level), DDoS attacks. These actions endangered personal information and personal files stored on the resource," as said in a statement of EX.UA . Also it said that the service has been always working in the legal field, regardless of the requirements of the legislator.

However, last legislative initiatives forced EX.UA to close.

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Administration asks users to November 30, remove the files from the archive and notes that "recent legislative initiatives in the alleged fight piracy are all signs of the uncivilized lobbying. The new law, which is the signing of the president, makes unprofitable compliance, it will act only against those who try to follow it. It will encourage the neglect of copyright. And so it unprofitable."

Problems appeared through the law "On state support of cinema in Ukraine." The document awaits the signature of President and involves blocking pirated content. The legislator has decided that if a copyright owner discovers a movie or music available without permission, you may demand to block access to it. If the site owner says he will not remove content, access to the file should block the provider of technical services. If the content is not blocked, the holder may apply to the court.

Judicial practice of blocking sites with pirated content exists in Russia. May 2015 entered into force expanded version of the anti-piracy law. The document at the stage of the project dubbed "law against internet." It provides the ability to block sites that contain unlicensed content, at the request of the owner. Initially it was assumed that it involves all kinds of information, after amendment, the law applies only to video. If, after warning the site owners do not remove the material in question, it blocked the entire resource.

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According to EX.UA administration, judiciary blocking sites would be beneficial not only for the foreign companies bot for Ukrainian holders; in case of signing the law president and entry into force will receive more money. But the viewer and listener, according to the administration file exchanger, will have much less freedom of choice.

"Darkest night is before dawn. Perhaps our market should again return to uncontrolled torrent of piracy to holders realized that without giving viewers the opportunity to legally obtain content, they can not prohibit." EX.UA commented in its appeal to users.

EX.UA is the largest Ukrainian file sharing platform. It works since 2009. EX.UA is one of the 15 most visited site among Ukrainian Internet users. Traffic service is about 15% of all traffic zone UA-IX.

The creators of the service conceived it as file sharing. Users can store an unlimited amount of information and share it. EX.UA came after the Interior Ministry in 2009 closed site, users who had similar functions storage and data exchange.

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Almost immediately after the launch of the American Association of Recording RIAA has made a resource list of 25 sites that promote illegal music. Then Ukrainian leadership stated that EX.UA can stop being free.

The site did not become paid, and problems with the law were not over. In January 2012, it was closed as part of a criminal investigation under article copyright infringement. The case was opened on the initiative of Adobe Systems Inc., Microsoft, Graphisoft Inc. Interior Ministry conducted a search and seized a lot of technology, among which about 200 servers, which kept more than 6,000 terabytes of information.

MIA then reported that the EX.UA chief was supposedly a citizen of Latvia. Following these events, some people's representatives appealed to the security forces demanding to check the legality of conducted investigation and legal proceedings, and the equipment returned to service only after February, a series of DDoS-attacks on websites of the government and security forces. The equipment was returned, but the deal is not closed. The saga of the opening and closing of criminal cases and return the servers lasted about six months. Reported even a criminal case against investigators.

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Some time EX.UA just worked, but here in the summer of 2014, Russia made it to the list of banned. It is possible that by the beginning of 2017 and we would have to forget that such a service ever existed.

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