One of the largest music filesharing sites in the US has been shut down, after its domain was seized by the US Department of Justice. Sharebeast and a related links site called Album Jams have both been taken offline, replaced with a DoJ anti-piracy warning. The RIAA is unsurprisingly joyful at the news, having reported more than 100k infringing files on the service to Google for takedown purposes.
“This is a huge win for the music community and legitimate music services. Sharebeast operated with flagrant disregard for the rights of artists and labels while undermining the legal marketplace,” said RIAA boss Cary Sherman. “Millions of users accessed songs from Sharebeast each month without one penny of compensation going to countless artists, songwriters, labels and others who created the music.” As Ars Technica notes, the shutdown will be cheered by other industries too: Sharebeast had a large stash of TV shows and films, and has also been targeted by the football world over unlicensed streams of World Cup matches.