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Megaupload got shut down

One of the world’s largest file-sharing sites was shut down Thursday, and its founder and several company executives were charged with violating piracy laws, federal prosecutors said.

An indictment accuses Megaupload.com of costing copyright holders more than $500 million in lost revenue from pirated films and other content. The indictment was unsealed one day after websites including Wikipedia and Craigslist shut down in protest of two congressional proposals intended to thwart online piracy.

Who’s involved and what are the stakes?:?A look at the politicians, companies and lobbying groups involved in the dispute over Stop Online Piracy Act.

The Justice Department said in a statement said that Kim Dotcom, formerly known as Kim Schmitz, and three other executives were arrested Thursday in New Zealand at the request of U.S. officials. Two other defendants are at large.

Megaupload was unique not only because of its massive size and the volume of downloaded content, but also because it had high-profile support from celebrities, musicians and other content producers who are most often the victims of copyright infringement and piracy. Before the website was taken down, it contained endorsements from Kim Kardashian, Alicia Keys and Kanye West, among others.

The Hong Kong-based company listed Swizz Beatz, a musician who married Keys in 2010, as its CEO. He was not named in the indictment and declined to comment through a representative.

Before the site was taken down, it posted a statement saying allegations that it facilitated massive breaches of copyright laws were “grotesquely overblown.”

“The fact is that the vast majority of Mega’s Internet traffic is legitimate, and we are here to stay. If the content industry would like to take advantage of our popularity, we are happy to enter into a dialogue. We have some good ideas. Please get in touch,” the statement said.

The site boasted 150 million registered users.

A lawyer who represented the company in a lawsuit last year declined comment Thursday.

Megaupload is considered a “cyberlocker,” in which users can upload and transfer files that are too large to send by email. Such sites can have perfectly legitimate uses. But the Motion Picture Association of America, which has campaigned for a crackdown on piracy, estimated that the vast majority of content being shared on Megaupload was in violation of copyright laws.

The website allowed users to download films, TV shows, games, music and other content for free, but made money by charging subscriptions to people who wanted access to faster download speeds or extra content. The website also sold advertising.

The indictment was returned in the Eastern District of Virginia, which claimed jurisdiction in part because some of the alleged pirated materials were hosted on leased servers in Ashburn, Va.

Dotcom, a resident of both Hong Kong and New Zealand, and a dual citizen of Finland and Germany, made more than $42 million from the conspiracy in 2010 alone, according to the indictment.

Dotcom is founder, former CEO and current chief innovation officer of Megaupload.

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Old 01/19/2012, 22:53   #2
 
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They'll come back.


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Wow...
Not good news for the otaku's out there...
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RIP MU.

Lost 4 years old personal files there. =/

Also a good source for my animes T_T


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Who's going to be next..
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FBI pffffff so bad man
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Anonymous via Twitter:

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& justice.gov & RIAA.ORG TANGO DOWN #Megaupload Fight for Internet Freedom!
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Really?? Are they really going to just over rule the internet like this...
No way.
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... Next is probably going to be mediafire this has to stop it is against our free speech as some may quote it.
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Id love ANONYMOUS too rebel against that that would be awesome cause i don't think mega-upload was a bad thing. I know the SOPA and PIPA bill hasent passed yet. Like people are trying to get a headstart. I Have a feeling something might happen soon, but please dont bother comcast lol. I must have internet some how lol.
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It would be good to see Megaupload come back online.

Government thinks what they are doing is good. And using a dumb *** excuse like Copyright Infringement Violation as a way to arrest people over 8 different countries and take 50 million $ worth of hosting equipment and shutting down domains. **** them. I hate my Government so much.

You can't use a ******* excuse like that. There are millions upon millions of users who use file hosting sites for the greater good that doesn't include copyright violating. So many personal files have been lost because of this. Yes there was of course many people using it for the wrong reasons. But many file hosting sites have already tried cracking down on Copyright Laws against users uploaded on content by removing files themselves based on the file names or descriptions.

Piracy will never be beaten ...


ANYWAYS =p ...

fbi.gov is down lol

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Id love ANONYMOUS too rebel against that that would be awesome cause i don't think mega-upload was a bad thing. I know the SOPA and PIPA bill hasent passed yet. Like people are trying to get a headstart. I Have a feeling something might happen soon, but please dont bother comcast lol. I must have internet some how lol.
SOPA and PIPA are not yet approved and see how easily FBI took down in 1 day one of the most important sites on the Internet (4% of the internet traffic is from Megaupload).

Just imagine how easy would be to any company to take down any website in some hours without any contact with the webmaster.

About anonymous thing, I dont think some DDoS attacks will really change something.
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SOPA and PIPA are not yet approved and see how easily FBI took down in 1 day one of the most important sites on the Internet (4% of the internet traffic is from Megaupload).

Just imagine how easy would be to any company to take down any website in some hours without any contact with the webmaster.

About anonymous thing, I dont think some DDoS attacks will really change something.
It all depends if that's as far as they are willing to take it.

A DDoS could just be a message. Of course once the attacks stop sites will be back online within hours. It's nice to see this though. Shows how serious people are about letting this happen. It will corrupt the Internet if it passes which it won't since it was already placed on hold. Voting was suppose to take place in 5 days.


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