MegaUpload and the end of a pirate cottage industry

One of the key accusations against MegaUpload is that the site knowingly paid users who uploaded infringing content. MegaUpload did pioneer affiliate programs for cloud hosters, and others quickly copied the strategy, leading to a pirate cottage industry. But these days are now over.

VigLink Finds a New Way to Make Blogging Pay

VigLink is launching today a service to help publishers take advantage of affiliate relationships for sites they already link to in their normal course of writing. The company estimates that less than half of links that could be monetized are hooked up to affiliate programs.