Ukrainian file hosting EX.UA announced on Wednesday that it is shutting down from 30 November, 2016, Joinfo.com reports with reference to UNIAN.
“Over the past year, EX.UA had a chance to experience direct threats, blackmail (including at the inter-state level), and DDOS attacks. These actions endanger personal information and users’ files, stored on the resource. EX.UA has worked within the legal field. Not everyone likes such an interpretation of the law, but the resource has always respected the laws of Ukraine. EX.UA has observed copyright laws, which was constantly affirmed by our quick response to any violations at the website. At the same time, the resource does not approve of the system of distribution and management of rights, which has developed today,” reads the statement.
According to the statement, the site owners claim that the recent legislative initiatives “in the sphere of the alleged fight against piracy bear all signs of uncivilized lobbying. The new law, which is tabled to be signed by the president, makes it unprofitable to comply with it. It will only act against those who try to follow it. It will encourage the neglect of copyright…”
“EX.UA has always identified itself as a national file storage and rejected any “offers” related to the change of the domain zone and territory of coverage. Names like EX.to/co/ru are unacceptable to EX.UA. EX.UA will never come down from the position of respect for the laws of Ukraine, and therefore we decided to just stop operations. We ask all users to delete their files from their archives on EX.UA until Nov.30 2016. We also want to advise mail.ex.ua users that this service will soon be moved to a new domain,” reads the statement.
Ex.ua is a one-click hosting service that offers both free and commercial services. Operating from Ukraine, it is financed by advertisements on the website. Ex.ua is said to be the largest file-sharing service in Ukraine and allows uploads of up to 50 GB. The site’s traffic accounted for 15–25% of domestic traffic.
In a 2010 letter to the Office of the United States Trade Representative, the Recording Industry Association of America described the site as one of the top pirate sites online.
Yesterday, Ukraine’s cyberpolice closed down one of Ukraine’s largest pirate movie websites FS.TO, also seizing its servers.