With its beautifully designed website, Oboom has been rapidly increasing its users since March 2014. With so many file sharing hosts in this age, why is it so popular? And what is the thread to content creators? Let's take a look.
Oboom is another file sharing host that launched in December 2013. It is founded and maintained in Switzerland with its website supporting twelve languages such as English, French, Espanol, Japanese and so on.
|Founder||Ferdinand Julian Schweers|
|Headquarters||Grossmatt 6 NW-6052 Hergiswil Schweiz, Switzerland|
Oboom has literally boomed in popularity in March 2014. According to SimilarWeb, its weekly visits is estimated to be around 500 in mid-March, but has reached around 2 million two weeks later. Its main users are located in United States, Europe and Japan.
There are three speculated reasons behind its popularity.
Oboom's advertisement — Oboom has been putting its advertisement in popular piracy websites such rlslog.net, and even on the most popular download manager (for piracy) JDwonloader.
Shutdown on Ryushare — This must be unexpected to Oboom though, one of the most popular cyberlocker Ryushare was shutdown in 2014 April. Its shutdown has caused its users to shift to Oboom.
Oboom allows users to duplicate uploaded files without downloading — Oboom make it quite easy to duplicate uploaded files by user interface and by API. This feature has increased the number of uploaded files on Oboom, and thus have increased its users.
Oboom's pricing is almost same as those of other cyberlockers. Just like other cyberlockers, it does not support PayPal.
|1 Month||12.99 USD|
|3 Months||26.99 USD|
|6 Months||40.99 USD|
|1 Year||54.99 USD|
So, is Oboom an ethical file hosting service like Dropbox or an unethical one like Megaupload? Here we check if it has any characteristics that typical cyberlockers have. In the table below, the more true answers, the more likely Oboom is an unethical one.
|Uploaders are anonymous||True|
|Allows to share files publicly||True|
|Incentivise users to upload files||True|
|Does NOT support payment via PayPal||True|
Clearly, Oboom is an unethical file hosts that is aimed to share infringing contents, which we call a cyberlocker.
When you find infringing contents on Oboom, you can send DMCA takedown notices on its website. Its lead time until removal of infringing contents is 1-2 days. You will receive an e-mail when it has accepted your DMCA takedown notices.