Federal prosecutors in Virginia have shut down one of the world's largest file-sharing sites, Megaupload.com, and charged its founder and others with violating piracy laws.
The indictment accuses the company of costing copyright holders more than $500 million in lost revenue from pirated films and other content. The indictment was unsealed Thursday, one day after websites shut down in protest of two congressional proposals intended to thwart the online piracy of copyrighted movies and TV programs.
Megaupload.com has claimed it is diligent in responding to complaints about pirated material.
The indictment says that at one point, Megaupload was the 13th most popular website in the world.
Source:Chronicle News Services
ps. Megaupload was a popular hoster for mods & addon content, unfortunately all files stored there are now gone, leaving the sim racing community with plenty of non-working links.
|Posted by Alberto Alvarez at 11:36 AM on Jan 23, 2012||Comment #13|
And now the consequences: uploaded.to blocked for US visitors, Filesonic doesn't allow downloads anymore unless you uploaded the files.
And the funniest of all, at least for me, US Threatened To Blacklist Spain For Not Implementing Site Blocking Law
US looks like a 14 years old bully. I don't know WTH happened with the Sinde law here in Spain, it was an accepted fact that the previous government was gonna approved it on their last meeting, but then they didn't (ah, well, they were one of the most stupid governments ever and you could never know what they were gonna do). However it's now approved by the new government.
And one positive thing, in 2009, Universal, Sony, EMI and Warner had demanded 13 million euros in compensation from Pablo Soto, the creator of the Blubster, Piolet and Manolito P2P sharing applications. You know what? last month the court rejected all charges against him, as his technology is "totally neutral".
|Posted by Boyd Bryson at 11:08 AM on Jan 21, 2012||Comment #12|
Apologies, I posed my earlier question re Rolling Stones to Barry, I meant to say Garry. Sorry Garry :P I am a dumbass!
Although not as daft as PIPA/SOPA idea ..
|Posted by Les Lamont at 11:41 PM on Jan 20, 2012||Comment #11|
To bad i used to watch Icefilms through apple tv which used mega upload to stream movies.
|Posted by Michael Kolar at 11:00 PM on Jan 20, 2012||Comment #10|
The bills are all but dead in their current forms, but they'll be back someday. Meanwhile DoJ has just thumbed their nose at all of us- who needs Sopa/Pipa if they can do this now?
|Posted by Boyd Bryson at 10:56 PM on Jan 20, 2012||Comment #9|
I digress here, but Barry, what's your issue with the Rolling Stones? Although I'm not a huge fan, many of the greatest songs ever written are theirs. :)
Back on topic, I hear the Senate are now rethinking the bills. At least they are sort of paying attention, and this further backlash is significant. These bills affect the whole world, so let's hope they see the light.
|Posted by Garret Diduck at 10:35 PM on Jan 20, 2012||Comment #8|
Swiss Beatz is not an owner.
The largest shareholder is Kim Dotcom with 68% of the shares plus six other owners.
|Posted by Rich Dozier at 10:03 PM on Jan 20, 2012||Comment #7|
yeah you don't have to look far. RIAA and all the TV networks were sponsoring that BS SOPA and PIPA.
Do ya know why Hollywood is on the west coast? Because way back in the day when motion pictures were first coming out there were copyright laws on the popular stories of the time and hence they couldn't make movies of them w/o added expense.
Guess where they didn't have those copyright laws? Yep, the west coast wasn't burdened with that folderol.
So Disney made Fantasia, one of their hallmark pictures..the story..STOLEN CONTENT.
So RIAA and all the Hollywood cronies are getting bent because while THEY got their start stealing others content...they don't like it when it happens to them.
That DOJ hacking made me smile. ;-)
and I usually don't like hackers...
|Posted by Aaron Jackson at 08:15 PM on Jan 20, 2012||Comment #6|
Did you guys know that the owner Of Megaupload was Kasseem Dean a.k.a Swiss Beatz? Husband to The very beautiful R&B singer Alica Keys.
Add to the fact that Mega upload was endorsed by a long list of musicians.
|Posted by Garry Hedrick at 07:14 PM on Jan 20, 2012||Comment #5|
Can we sue the music and movie industries for all the wasted time and money spent on crappy movies, or albums/cd's with 1 or 2 decent songs, and the rest is plain crap? (Rolling Stones come to mind). Just a thought.
|Posted by Michael Kolar at 04:59 PM on Jan 20, 2012||Comment #3|
Haven't seen the particulars yet, but it's hard to see how Megaupload isn't protected by DMCA safe harbors. AFAIK they never advertised themselves as a source for illegal material, and as long as they responded to complaints then they are no different from youtube.
|Posted by Tim McArthur at 04:32 PM on Jan 20, 2012||Comment #2|
"leaving the sim racing community with plenty of non-working links"
Not at Race2Play. Not a single R2P file has ever been stored on any of these free file-storage sites. Can you guess why?