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Feds Shut Down Megaupload.com File-Sharing Website

#1  Postby the_5th_ape » Jan 20, 2012 3:48 am

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.

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#2  Postby the_5th_ape » Jan 20, 2012 3:51 am

After Megaupload Shutdown, Anonymous Hits DOJ, Universal Sites

Anonymous was quick to target the Justice Department, Universal Music, the RIAA, and MPAA in the wake of this afternoon's Megaupload announcement, with the Web sites for all four organizations succumbing to distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks.

Justice.gov and universalmusic.com went offline around 430pm Eastern and have been largely unresponsive for the past 1.5 hours. RIAA.com and MPAA.org are also unresponsive.
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#3  Postby SafeAsMilk » Jan 20, 2012 4:12 am

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#4  Postby orpheus » Jan 20, 2012 1:06 pm

Well, it's starting.

This is what I feared: that it won't matter if SOPA and PIPA fail; the government will just do what it wants anyway. And justify it later. If it feels like it.
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#5  Postby Paul G » Jan 20, 2012 1:06 pm

Annnnnd it begins.
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#6  Postby JoeB » Jan 20, 2012 1:59 pm

Gotta love the 'lost revenue' crap.
"Hey Larry, let's go count all the downloads of our movie, and assume that every download was one purchase if it couldn't have been downloaded for free. Wow 500 million copies ?!"...
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#7  Postby mattthomas » Jan 20, 2012 2:03 pm

JoeB wrote:Gotta love the 'lost revenue' crap.
"Hey Larry, let's go count all the downloads of our movie, and assume that every download was one purchase if it couldn't have been downloaded for free. Wow 500 million copies ?!"...

If they know how many times it's been downloaded they must know who has downloaded it or be able to obtain such information, if that is the case why are they not pushing forth 500 million prosecutions?

If they aren't able to give an accurate amount of transgressions then what is it doing in court?
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#8  Postby orpheus » Jan 20, 2012 2:20 pm

It's the DoJ flexing its muscles.
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#9  Postby lyingcheat » Jan 20, 2012 2:27 pm

Futurist and digital culture expert Mark Pesce says it is interesting that megaupload.com, which accounts for about 4 per cent of internet uploads, has been targeted by the authorities.

"You can five years in jail for uploading a Michael Jackson video, which is a year longer than the doctor who killed him will get."
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(Kim) Dotcom, Megaupload’s former CEO and current chief innovation officer, is a resident of Hong Kong and New Zealand and a dual citizen of Finland and Germany who had his name legally changed. The 37-year-old was previously known as Kim Schmitz and Kim Tim Jim Vestor.

Two other German citizens and one Dutch citizen also were arrested and three other defendants – another German, a Slovakian and an Estonian – remain at large.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation, which defends free speech and digital rights online, said in a statement that the arrests set “a terrifying precedent. If the United States can seize a Dutch citizen in New Zealand over a copyright claim, what is next?”
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#10  Postby Pudendum » Jan 20, 2012 3:04 pm

Interesting...bookmarked
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#11  Postby HughMcB » Jan 20, 2012 3:15 pm

Was this website based in the US? (I'd be surprised if it was, usually file sharing websites know better than to have their servers there).

If not, then the site's not really "shut down" is it? Just inaccessible.

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The movie industry howled that the site was making money off pirated material. Though the company is based in Hong Kong and Dotcom was living in New Zealand, some of the alleged pirated content was hosted on leased servers in Virginia, and that was enough for U.S. prosecutors to act.

Read more: http://techland.time.com/2012/01/20/u-s ... z1k0nPIU9S

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#12  Postby JoeB » Jan 20, 2012 3:26 pm

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JoeB wrote:Gotta love the 'lost revenue' crap.
"Hey Larry, let's go count all the downloads of our movie, and assume that every download was one purchase if it couldn't have been downloaded for free. Wow 500 million copies ?!"...

If they know how many times it's been downloaded they must know who has downloaded it or be able to obtain such information, if that is the case why are they not pushing forth 500 million prosecutions?

If they aren't able to give an accurate amount of transgressions then what is it doing in court?

Well I guess they can connect those 500million copies to IP-addresses, then they'd have to link those IP-addresses to actual individuals, which is a different thing entirely. They'd also have to demonstrate those 500 million copies would've been bought if they couldn't have been downloaded (how often do you download a film only to stop after several minutes and dump the file? would you have bought it otherwise?)
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#13  Postby Paul G » Jan 20, 2012 3:31 pm

I wonder how many countries are going to cave in to US demands. It's really quite sickening how quickly they seem to keel over.
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#14  Postby I'm With Stupid » Jan 20, 2012 3:34 pm

lyingcheat wrote:New Zealand should have told the US to go fuck themselves.

Every country in the world should be tearing up their extradition treaties with the US immediately, as far as I'm concerned.
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#15  Postby mattthomas » Jan 20, 2012 3:41 pm

I'm With Stupid wrote:
lyingcheat wrote:New Zealand should have told the US to go fuck themselves.

Every country in the world should be tearing up their extradition treaties with the US immediately, as far as I'm concerned.

If the UK didn't do it over Gary McKinnon one can't help but wonder what the fuck it will take :rage: :rage: :rage:
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#16  Postby HughMcB » Jan 20, 2012 4:49 pm

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#17  Postby The_Piper » Jan 20, 2012 5:01 pm

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#18  Postby johnbrandt » Jan 20, 2012 11:05 pm

JoeB wrote:Gotta love the 'lost revenue' crap.
"Hey Larry, let's go count all the downloads of our movie, and assume that every download was one purchase if it couldn't have been downloaded for free. Wow 500 million copies ?!"...


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Yes I know one of the pictures is Stan Lee...but it makes a good point otherwise... :lol:
In some countries...Australia included so it isn't just tird world backwaters...there are just some movies you simply cannot get. I eventually tracked down a DVD copy of Fritz Langs "Metropolis", the one with the Georgio Moroder and Queen soundtrack, but I had to search the net for weeks until I found a little mob in Buttfuck Nowhere, USA, who remastered old movies onto DVD, and bought a copy. I couldn't even find it on any of the usual file sharing websites, so I had to buy it, but if I had found it for free first, i'd have downloaded it in a second and ended my frustration.
Same with music...some albums, especially older ones, just aren't available anymore, at least at a reasonable cost, sometimes not in your country, so you can't blame people for finding it for free..
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#19  Postby Pudendum » Jan 20, 2012 11:24 pm

Steal this movie.
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#20  Postby HAJiME » Jan 21, 2012 12:37 am

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That said, Megaupload was a horrendous website that won't be missed.
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