Feds shut down file-sharing website Megaupload

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  1. mfgbypooter

    mfgbypooter Super Pooper Staff Member Moderator

    Jan 19, 4:05 PM (ET)


    McLEAN, Va. (AP) - 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.

    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.


  2. Drew Wilson

    Drew Wilson AKA IceCube Staff Member Moderator Contributor

    Currently working on this for personal reasons.
  3. Drew Wilson

    Drew Wilson AKA IceCube Staff Member Moderator Contributor

    And done

  4. Mels_Smileys45

    Mels_Smileys45 JabberZombie Established Member

  5. Drew Wilson

    Drew Wilson AKA IceCube Staff Member Moderator Contributor

    Copyright accused denied bail

    Four men made a brief appearance in an Auckland court today after police raided 10 addresses in Auckland linked to a US investigation into international copyright infringement and money laundering.

    Kim Dotcom, Bram van der Kolk, Finn Batato and Mathias Ortman appeared in the dock at North Shore District Court.

    Their lawyers, Paul Davison QC and Guyon Foley, said their clients would seek bail. That was opposed by lawyers representing US authorities.

    Judge David McNaughton remanded the men in custody until Monday morning for a bail application.

    The arrests today, carried out by the Organised & Financial Crime Agency New Zealand (OFCANZ) and New Zealand Police, follow a US request to arrest individuals for the purpose of extradition.


    If the organized crime division of the police really wanted to go after bad people, they'd go after members of the RIAA operating in those countries for breach of NAFTA and various other free trade agreements thanks to this takedown.
  6. Drew Wilson

    Drew Wilson AKA IceCube Staff Member Moderator Contributor

    Megaupload accused front court in NZ

    THE New Zealand-based founder of the Megaupload website at the centre of a FBI-lead investigation says the four accused have "nothing to hide".

    Founder of www.megaupload.com 37-year-old Kim Dotcom, also known as Kim Schmitz, who is a German national and New Zealand resident, appeared in the North Shore District Court briefly alongside three others on Friday afternoon.

    "We don't mind if there is press coverage," Dotcom said to Judge David McNaughton following an application by media to film the court appearance.

    "We have nothing to hide."

    The four, including two New Zealand residents, are among seven people facing online piracy charges in the United States, after an FBI investigation resulted in one of the world's largest file-sharing websites, megaupload.com, being shut down this morning.


    I will agree on one guilty finding, guilty of operating a business without the express written permission of corporate America. Sovereignty? Never heard of it.
  7. napho

    napho Antisocial Bastard Established Member

    My favourite storage site. They were very generous with the free accounts. Fast speed and easy to load links into an auto-download program. RIP
  8. YWD67

    YWD67 YOUR WATCH DOG 67 Established Member

    Good god, knowing the microscope that P2P sites have been under since Napster, Kazaa, Mininova, etc, one would think that people running anykind of share file sites would want to keep a low profile.

    No!!!!!!!!!!!!! Not these people. Guilty or not of piracy, they must have listened to their attorneys who would not suffer from their advice.

    Here is a pesonal note on the the reporting site of this story. MSNBC the author of this story is on record as being against SOPA.

    Yet it's parent comapny Comcast, is one of the biggest supporters of it.

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