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10-09-2013, 11:41 AM
The Stop File Lockers project began in late June 2012. It's goal was simple, to shut down illegal and copyright infringing file lockers by targeting their finances.

Some news reports about the campaign can be read below:

TorrentFreak - July 5 2012: One Man Army On a Mission To Destroy The Cyberlocker Market (http://torrentfreak.com/one-man-army-on-a-mission-to-destroy-the-cyberlocker-market-120705/)

TorrentFreak - July 10 2012: PayPal Bans Major File-Hosting Services Over Piracy Concerns (http://torrentfreak.com/paypal-bans-major-file-hosting-services-over-piracy-concerns-120710/)

AVN - July 12 2012: Locker Slayer: Robert King Provides a Lesson in Determination (http://business.avn.com/articles/technology/Locker-Slayer-Robert-King-Provides-a-Lesson-in-Determination-481641.html)

XBiz - July 31 2012: File Lockers: Next Chapter in Porn Piracy Saga (http://newswire.xbiz.com/view.php?id=152048)

TorrentFreak - October 6th 2012: 90 Days of Killing Cyberlockers: 50 Dead, More Than 500 Injured (http://torrentfreak.com/90-days-of-killing-cyberlockers-50-dead-more-than-500-injured-121006)

TorrentFreak - January 21 2013: Dotcom’s Mega: Anti-Piracy Group Moves To Cut Off Site’s Finances (http://torrentfreak.com/dotcoms-mega-anti-piracy-group-moves-to-cut-off-finances-130121)

NZ Herald - January 22 2013: Dotcom - Sorry about Mega delays (http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10860680)

The Verge - January 31 2013: Pirates beware: Kim Dotcom's Mega isn't the safe haven he says it is (http://www.theverge.com/2013/1/31/3933774/kim-dotcoms-new-site-mega-is-a-flop-with-pirates-and-heres-why)

TorrentFreak - October 2 2013: StopFileLockers Anti-Piracy Outfit Announces Imminent Shutdown ("http://torrentfreak.com/stopfilelockers-anti-piracy-outfit-announces-imminent-shutdown-131002/)

The campaign begun in late June 2012 with a post to a webmasters board, simply entitled "Killing off File Lockers". The aim was to identify infringing file locker or cyberlocker websites and then move to shut off their supply of money by convincing payment processors to terminate their merchant accounts.

Most efforts against the file locker industry centred on sending DMCA notices or launching expensive legal action. Rather than play the circular game of sending DMCA notices to sites which don't observe the letter or spirit of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_Millennium_Copyright_Act), a different approach was taken.

This new approach was simply to have payment processing companies enforce their own policies and shut down the payment processing services of sites distributing illegal content or copyright infringing content. We collected evidence and then presented it to companies like Paypal in order to have accounts frozen and terminated, accounts suspended or best practices enforced.

By October 6th we had impacted around five hundred sites ranging from file lockers to resellers, forums to image hosts, we had forced more than fifty sites to close entirely.

We achieved outcomes that even Hollywood couldn't. We finally convinced Paypal to stop processing payments for the giant file locker Hotfile. We had impacted the initial start up of Mega by having several Mega resellers suspended. We had moved against dozens of other files lockers via their web hosting or third party payment processing.

Over the course of the campaign we have had many successes. We have virtually eliminated the use of Paypal by illegal file lockers. We have made it more difficult for file lockers to use credit card facilities and we have eliminated eBay as a portal through which to sell file locker vouchers.

The project closed briefly due to lack of financial support however I recently made a significant personal contribution to keep the effort going.