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on: 19-01-2012
http://www.facepunch.com/threads/1156843


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-16642369

The site's founders have been charged with violating piracy laws.

Federal prosecutors have accused it of costing copyright holders more than $500m (320m) in lost revenue. The firm says it was diligent in responding to complaints about pirated material.

Investigators denied a link to recent protests against proposed piracy laws, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The US Justice Department said that Megaupload's two co-founders Kim Dotcom, formerly known as Kim Schmitz, and Mathias Ortmann were arrested in Auckland, New Zealand along with two other employees of the business at the request of US officials. It added that three other defendants were still at large.

"This action is among the largest criminal copyright cases ever brought by the United States and directly targets the misuse of a public content storage and distribution site to commit and facilitate intellectual property crime," said a statement posted on its website.

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The charges included copyright infringement, conspiracies to commit racketeering, copyright infringement and money laundering.

A federal court in Virginia ordered that 18 domain names associated with the Hong Kong-based firm be seized.

The Justice Department said that more than 20 search warrants had been executed in nine countries, and that approximately $50m in assets had been seized.

It claimed that the accused pursued a business model designed to promote the uploading of copyrighted works.

"The conspirators allegedly paid users whom they specifically knew uploaded infringing content and publicised their links to users throughout the world," a statement said.

"By actively supporting the use of third-party linking sites to publicise infringing content, the conspirators did not need to publicise such content on the Megaupload site. Instead, the indictment alleges that the conspirators manipulated the perception of content available on their servers by not providing a public search function on the Megaupload site and by not including popular infringing content on the publicly available lists of top content downloaded by its users."

Before it was shut down the site posted a statement saying the allegations against it were "grotesquely overblown".

"The fact is that the vast majority of Mega's internet traffic is legitimate, and we are here to stay," it added.

"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."

Blackouts
The announcement came a day after thousands of websites took part in a "blackout" to protest against the Stop Online Piracy Act (Sopa) and the Protect Intellectual Property Act (Pipa).

The US Chamber of Commerce has defendend the proposed laws saying that enforcement agencies "lack the tools" to effectively apply existing intellectual property laws to the digital world.

Industry watchers suggest this latest move may feed into the wider debate.

"Neither of the bills are close to being passed - they need further revision - but it appears that officials are able to use existing tools to go after a business alleged to be inducing piracy," said Gartner's media distribution expert Mike McGuire.

"It begs the question that if you can find and arrest people who are suspected to be involved in piracy using existing laws, then why introduce further regulations which are US-only and potentially damaging."








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Reply #2 on: 19-01-2012
well, i have read this a few mins ago, i can only






....It has begun




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Reply #3 on: 19-01-2012
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"it claimed that the accused had pursued a business model designed to promote the uploading of copyrighted works."

Fuck you capitalism, fuck you disney, fuck you corporations. Megaupload is and was a great website. They never supported piracy, people just uploaded stuff to it. Goddam jerkoffs.


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Reply #4 on: 19-01-2012
Well fuck.



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Reply #5 on: 19-01-2012
Damnit. This might make people think (In the government) about SOPA and PIPA. We're screwed...



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Reply #6 on: 19-01-2012
There are 50 million other sites just like megaupload. Everyone shouting "the sky is falling" needs to shut up. The odds of charges sticking are pretty low unless they can prove Megaupload knowingly distributed copyrighted material.


Also you could try, I don't know, not stealing shit. That might help. SOPA and PIPA only exist because entitled cunts think they deserve to take whatever they want for free (and because Congress has no fucking clue how the internet works).

(in b4 "ZOMG Paint totally supports SOPA" (I don't) and other retarded arguments about why piracy is "ok" (it isn't). Unsubscribed from replies just to avoid dealing with retards).



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Reply #7 on: 19-01-2012
Damnit. This might make people think (In the government) about SOPA and PIPA. We're screwed...

If anything it'll help our case.
Megaupload has pretty good brand identity (as far as internet file hosts) so it'll end up a neutral effect.

There are 50 million other sites just like megaupload. Everyone shouting "the sky is falling" needs to shut up. The odds of charges sticking are pretty low unless they can prove Megaupload knowingly distributed copyrighted material.


Also you could try, I don't know, not stealing shit. That might help. SOPA and PIPA only exist because entitled cunts think they deserve to take whatever they want for free (and because Congress has no fucking clue how the internet works).

(in b4 "ZOMG Paint totally supports SOPA" (I don't) and other retarded arguments about why piracy is "ok" (it isn't). Unsubscribed from replies just to avoid dealing with retards).

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Reply #8 on: 19-01-2012
Now is the hard task of reuploading all the stuff to another hosting site silver :)

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Reply #9 on: 20-01-2012
Now is the hard task of reuploading all the stuff to another hosting site silver :)

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Now is the hard task of reuploading all the stuff to another hosting site silver :)

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Reply #11 on: 20-01-2012
Slightly more info: http://gizmodo.com/5877836/why-did-the-feds-choose-megaupload-and-why-now

This isn't entirely about PIPA/SOPA/piracy. Apparently the CEO of the company was doing all sorts of actual crimes like money laundering and other things.



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Reply #12 on: 20-01-2012
Slightly more info: http://gizmodo.com/5877836/why-did-the-feds-choose-megaupload-and-why-now

This isn't entirely about PIPA/SOPA/piracy. Apparently the CEO of the company was doing all sorts of actual crimes like money laundering and other things.

Uh. No.

Wikipedia got an ASSLOAD of defacing edits without sources and gizmodo uses Wikipedia as their source.

People still haven't noticed the defacing so I'm really confused.


Realised I didn't care and was being pretty assish about it anyway.

No matter why it was done, it really just adds fuel to the fire.



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Reply #13 on: 20-01-2012
Gizmodo's source is the FBI INDICTMENT of the CEO/Megaupload staff which has been made public by said FBI people.




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Reply #14 on: 20-01-2012
Megaupload sucked anyways. You had to pay to get a good DL speed. I'm happy it's down because it was the WORST uploading/downloading site ever. I think mediafire is 10x better then that slowupload crap.


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Reply #15 on: 20-01-2012
Watch all the other hosting sites look at this and go, "Eeeeeeeh fuck me..." and lawyer up.

Actually scratch that because of Anonymous' mass-DDoS attack I doubt they'll try and pull anything like that again.
« Last Edit: 20-01-2012 by Corocan »



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