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DOJ brings the hammer down on Megaupload

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Earlier today, the U.S. government shut down Megaupload.com, one of the largest and longest running cyberlockers in the business. Its founders and a handful of employees have been arrested, as well, and charged with copyright infringement. The indictment and arrests come just one day after major websites including Wikipedia and Google staged anti-SOPA "blackouts." SOPA was created ...

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#1
They also arrested Mega's graphic artist.. yea.. I'm serious. >.>
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#2
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Megaupload has 150 million registered users and 50 million daily uniques, placing it in the top 25 most trafficked websites on the entire planet.
Had... it ain't around no more. And if they even try to make it come back, I pretty sure it'll get seized just as fast.
#3
God damn the US Gov't.
Bunch of self serving crooks.
#4
Originally posted by Mysttic:
Quote:
Megaupload has 150 million registered users and 50 million daily uniques, placing it in the top 25 most trafficked websites on the entire planet.
Had... it ain't around no more. And if they even try to make it come back, I pretty sure it'll get seized just as fast.
Don't think that MU is down for the count just yet. This whole thing is going to blow up something fierce. :p
#5
Us americans need to take back our country NOW. I'm not talking about pussy ass protests. Anybody remember the French Revolution??? We need that RIGHT NOW in this once-proud country of ours....
#6
Originally posted by ivymike:
Us americans need to take back our country NOW. I'm not talking about pussy ass protests. Anybody remember the French Revolution??? We need that RIGHT NOW in this once-proud country of ours....


People are entirely too content for that sort of thing. Now if there were a nationwide blackout for a few days and they couldn't watch reality television or post on facebook... that would be another story entirely. :p
#7
Why are the owners of this site being arrested for what other people shared on it?

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#8
Money and politics,its going to get worse?
#9
V should be making an appearance anytime now.
#10
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#11
the issue with the groups like ICE and RIAA is that they are paid to do this and the more they shut down more go up and they stay in the hire for payment biz. but if they weren't needed like if all shares stopped for say one month then they would be out of Biz. and then everything could go back as normal for all they would have to find new companies to take money from... that said a tit for tat game even 10 to 1 attacks will leave them in power to say they are needed ... issues with the web will empower them to start more legislation on a global level and those that join in with them will become more likely targets for those that appose them .. this will lead to a disruption of the web as we know it ... this is the start of "W4"the new "World Wide Web War" may the gods of the internet forgive us all for it will never be the same ...
#12
while I'm up on my soapbox and sorry to all :
when a government takes the view of a biz over the people they represent they its called a dictatorship the more money Hollywood pumps into Washington the more they show that they will protect any special interest groups over its people for a price... and we elected these bozo's, and they are speaking for us all to the world... maybe they are right we can't make good decisions for our selves ... after all we voted for them or maybe we didn't and were just to busy to care... sorry to the world maybe we wont make that choice next time...

#13
Originally posted by mystic:
while I'm up on my soapbox and sorry to all :
when a government takes the view of a biz over the people they represent they its called a dictatorship the more money Hollywood pumps into Washington the more they show that they will protect any special interest groups over its people for a price... and we elected these bozo's, and they are speaking for us all to the world... maybe they are right we can't make good decisions for our selves ... after all we voted for them or maybe we didn't and were just to busy to care... sorry to the world maybe we wont make that choice next time...

AMEN.
#14
If they were knowingly allowing copyrighted materials to be shared on the site, they broke the law. Simple as that!

If they truly were unaware of what was being shared on the site, they should be exonerated and should have only been given warnings about specific materials, but unfortunately the story is very vague.

Of course, this also means the DoJ will have records of all uploaders (and possibly downloaders), so users of the site may also risk legal action in the future.
#15
US DoJ wanted to wait until SOPA passed to take down Megaupload. Once they realized it wouldn't pass, they decided to take it down anyway.
This is the Dictatorship we have in US Today....Hollywood, etc $$$ turning The US Gov. against anybody, and when is not them; is any other corporation doing the same !
....same freaking song over and over again !
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#16
I actually wonder if they really took it down for piracy?

Seeing as Anonymous always use megashare for all their email dumps etc that closing the door on megashare would shut the door on anonymous for dumping the stuff they have stolen from companies.


ICE can shut down any site it wants shut down they have shut down child porn sites as well.
#17
This really is an outrage. What is to happen with all the legitimate accounts that are on the servers?

Under what truthful authority can they possibly arrest these people? It would be like arresting an apartment owner for one of his tenants being a drug dealer. Maybe he/she knew about the drug dealer & for one reason or another could/couldn't do anything about it, but the guy was still living there.

Everyone else that lived in the complex was fine, it's just this guy. Police come & arrest him, but no, they have to arrest the "Owner" (the landlord/manager) too, because he's just as guilty. And then go the extra mile to round up all the people that came & went out of the complex & you might as well arrest all the folks living there as well cause their guilty of it too.

I'm hoping this fish is so big that it breaks the hook, turns around & swallows them all whole. I hope they can all get lawyers so fat, sweaty & all their middle names are legally "something that sounds like a dick" and they sue all involved back well before the Big Bang.

It's a different form of greed folks. It's a pompousness given the position of power and it is driven by the wheels of those with a LOT of money.

#18
I don't agree with the U.S. extending its legal arm as far as it is. I also don't agree with MU being shutdown for "hosting". It's ridiculous that owners be held accountable for what others are putting on their servers.

But.........in all sincerity, this is control at the chokepoint so it's KIND OF understandable.
#19
If this dose not blow up in their faces then google is next.

Copyright infringement is nothing more than civil disobedience to a bad set of laws. Lets renegotiate them.

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#20
Originally posted by ivymike:
Us americans need to take back our country NOW. I'm not talking about pussy ass protests. Anybody remember the French Revolution??? We need that RIGHT NOW in this once-proud country of ours....


Too bad it wont happen because people are too lazy to learn about history and the principles our country was founded on. Any upheaval wont happen until we are pushed to the breaking point and all that will start is a civil war between the citizens and the government.
#21
Originally posted by LordRuss:
This really is an outrage. What is to happen with all the legitimate accounts that are on the servers?

Under what truthful authority can they possibly arrest these people? It would be like arresting an apartment owner for one of his tenants being a drug dealer. Maybe he/she knew about the drug dealer & for one reason or another could/couldn't do anything about it, but the guy was still living there.

Everyone else that lived in the complex was fine, it's just this guy. Police come & arrest him, but no, they have to arrest the "Owner" (the landlord/manager) too, because he's just as guilty. And then go the extra mile to round up all the people that came & went out of the complex & you might as well arrest all the folks living there as well cause their guilty of it too.

I'm hoping this fish is so big that it breaks the hook, turns around & swallows them all whole. I hope they can all get lawyers so fat, sweaty & all their middle names are legally "something that sounds like a dick" and they sue all involved back well before the Big Bang.

It's a different form of greed folks. It's a pompousness given the position of power and it is driven by the wheels of those with a LOT of money.
Word. Well put.
#22
Originally posted by Mrguss:
US DoJ wanted to wait until SOPA passed to take down Megaupload. Once they realized it wouldn't pass, they decided to take it down anyway.
This is the Dictatorship we have in US Today....Hollywood, etc $$$ turning The US Gov. against anybody, and when is not them; is any other corporation doing the same !
....same freaking song over and over again !
Then give any and all of your support to Ron Paul and then we can start to really push back.
#23
This should make people stop and take a second look of storing their data in the cloud. Many legitimate users of megaupload are being inconvenienced now. XDA Developers, the developers of apps for Android, Windows Phone, and other mobile devices had over 200,000 links to Megaupload, all non-functional now.
#24
Originally posted by SoulGLOW:
Originally posted by Mrguss:
US DoJ wanted to wait until SOPA passed to take down Megaupload. Once they realized it wouldn't pass, they decided to take it down anyway.
This is the Dictatorship we have in US Today....Hollywood, etc $$$ turning The US Gov. against anybody, and when is not them; is any other corporation doing the same !
....same freaking song over and over again !
Then give any and all of your support to Ron Paul and then we can start to really push back.
Originally posted by SoulGLOW:
Originally posted by Mrguss:
US DoJ wanted to wait until SOPA passed to take down Megaupload. Once they realized it wouldn't pass, they decided to take it down anyway.
This is the Dictatorship we have in US Today....Hollywood, etc $$$ turning The US Gov. against anybody, and when is not them; is any other corporation doing the same !
....same freaking song over and over again !
Then give any and all of your support to Ron Paul and then we can start to really push back.
No Thx. I am with OWS !


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#25
Originally posted by Xian:
This should make people stop and take a second look of storing their data in the cloud. Many legitimate users of megaupload are being inconvenienced now. XDA Developers, the developers of apps for Android, Windows Phone, and other mobile devices had over 200,000 links to Megaupload, all non-functional now.

Thx.
What Megaupload Teaches Us About the Cloud, SOPA and Backups
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