The finding comes from a surprising source: music industry trade group IFPI, an active supporter and participant in the early-2012 shutdown of Megaupload. In a report just published by the agency, the shutdown of Megaupload caused a mere 16 percent decline in broader locker usage, despite seemingly substantial ripple effects for rivals like Hulkshare, FileSonic, FileServe, Upload.to and Mediafire.
Ultimately, locker usage landed at around 110 million users heading into 2013, which is completely at odds with the industry narrative. “The site’s closure had a ripple effect throughout the sector with services such Hulkshare and Mediafire quickly changing their operations to implement filtering, or dropping rewards programmes designed to encourage users to upload large amounts of material,” the IFPI reported. “The use of these services fell sharply throughout 2012.”