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bgrin Who Needs SOPA? MegaUpload Indicted For Piracy! Not by SOPA

Post by StriickeN on Thu Jan 19, 2012 6:41 pm

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To say that Wednesday’s attempt to protest SOPA were in vain would be an understatement. MegaUpload has just been shut down - without the SOPA act!



Gets better….. in…. NEW ZEALAND! WHAT! 20+ warrents in 9 countries! The indictment claims that MegaUpload generated $175,000,000 through advertisements displayed on their free file shares while causing damages of $500,000,000 or more to the respective copyright holders! Another incident which leads America into foreign borders to arrest their citizens. Gotta be a better way of doing things than this…. (national facepalm)

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The federal authorities on Thursday announced that they had charged seven people connected to the Web site Megaupload, including its founder, with running an international criminal enterprise centered on copyright infringement on the Internet.

According to a grand jury indictment, Megaupload — one of the most popular “locker” services on the Internet, which lets users anonymously transfer large files — generated $175 million in income for its operators through subscription fees and advertising, while causing $500 million in damages to copyright holders.

Four of the seven people, including the site’s founder Kim Dotcom, born Kim Schmitz, have been arrested in New Zealand, the Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation said on Thursday; the three others remain at large. The seven — who a grand jury indictment calls part of a “Mega Conspiracy” — have been charged with five counts of copyright infringement and conspiracy, the authorities said.

The charges, which the government agencies said represented “among the largest criminal copyright cases ever brought by the United States,” come at a charged time, a day after online protests against a pair of antipiracy bills being considered by Congress — the Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA, in the House, and the Protect I.P. Act, or PIPA, in the Senate.

The indictment was handed down by a grand jury in Virginia two weeks ago, but was unsealed on Thursday, and stems from a federal investigation that began two years ago.

The Megaupload case touches on many of the most controversial aspects of the antipiracy debate.

Megaupload and similar locker sites, like Rapidshare and Mediafire, are often promoted as being convenient ways to legitimately transfer large files — a recent promotional video had major stars like Will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas singing Megaupload’s praises. But they have become notorious among media companies, who see them as abetting copyright infringement on a large scale by giving people easy, but unauthorized, access to movies, music and other content.

Megaupload is currently engaged in a lawsuit with Universal over the promotional video and Universal’s efforts to have it removed from YouTube.

As part of the crackdown on Megaupload, 20 search warrants were executed in nine countries, including the United States. About $50 million in assets were also seized, as well as a number of servers and 18 domain names, the authorities said.

Ira P. Rothken, a lawyer for Megaupload, said in a phone interview on Thursday afternoon that he had not yet seen the indictment, but he added: “Clearly we have due process concerns. This was done without a hearing.”

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Post by Ziyi on Fri Jan 20, 2012 10:51 am

Read about it, heard about, laughed at people reacting about it... Don't care. It wasn't something I was using much.
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Post by RoXante on Fri Jan 20, 2012 4:16 pm

I was tryin' to download 9gb worth of ffxiii vids, when I noticed my jdownloader wasnt downloadin' them for crap even though it said the links were online.
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*sigh* I could care less about sopa & all, but im all for it for my own reasons.

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Post by Ziyi on Fri Jan 20, 2012 4:48 pm

Where you watching/downloading an LP for FFXIII?
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Post by RoXante on Fri Jan 20, 2012 5:29 pm

hmm, dont have a clue what "LP" means but I was downloadin' scenes from the game so i could watch them on my psp.

update on sopa :(
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Post by StriickeN on Fri Jan 20, 2012 5:51 pm

it wont/never will pass.

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Post by Ziyi on Fri Jan 20, 2012 8:05 pm

RoXante wrote:hmm, dont have a clue what "LP" means but I was downloadin' scenes from the game so i could watch them on my psp.
LP=Let's Play
I used to have (my) caps of FFXIII sadly the hard drive that held them died on me and I also had them up on YouTube but took them down when YouTube decided to take some of videos down.

Juggalo™Killa wrote:it wont/never will pass.
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Post by StriickeN on Fri Jan 20, 2012 9:16 pm

i bet it wont pass lol...

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Post by Me Gusta on Sat Jan 21, 2012 4:48 am

I could care less about the SOPA, but what about the PIPA? That's the act that will block certain sites in the US right?
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Post by StriickeN on Sat Jan 21, 2012 3:19 pm

This is nothing now, like i said it wil never pass.... SOPA and PIPA were dropped by congress ;)

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Post by Me Gusta on Sat Jan 21, 2012 7:27 pm

So it's over...and Megaupload is closed... XD
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Post by StriickeN on Sat Jan 21, 2012 8:35 pm

i didnt use mu that much but them shutting it down probably stopped ALOT of piracy because most of iso's, cso's etc... are from mu XD so i bet sony is happy

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