Megaupload Indicted. Site Shut Down by Federal Prosecuters

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  1. AdrianK macrumors 68020

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    Shame, after they'd just spent so much money on promoting their site :p
     
  2. convergent macrumors 68030

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    Its a shame that companies think they can make a business model out of theft and get away with it.
     
  3. AdrianK macrumors 68020

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    Oh, for sure. Kim Dotcom is as crooked as they come.
     
  4. jwm2 macrumors regular

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    Its not a business model of theft. Its a file sharing hub. Theres plenty of legit files being uploaded and downloaded on a daily basis. They did a pretty good job of removing software they found to be illegal. Sure some slips through the cracks but imo this is a very slippery slope to censorship. If you don't believe in illegal file sharing then don't do it, its as simple as that. You aren't going to police the internet and stop it, so just move on and get on with your life. If people want to steal software, music and movies they will. But given the opportunity most will do the right thing and purchase it. Remember napster? iTunes is immensely more popular, point, set, match.
     
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    damn it was actually useful sometimes when i just wanted to watch something that i couldn't find anywhere else (mostly documentaries).

    And yes always go the legal route first.
     
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    Megaupload Indicted. Site Shut Down by Federal Prosecuters

    Well, it begins.

    Link

     
  7. bradl macrumors 68040

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    Beat me to it!

    Makes you wonder how many of those Congressmen who dumped SOPA/PIPA yesterday are going to jump back in favor of it..

    BL.
     
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    Ditto..
    Wonder whats next in line, and how long before all those who were in favour of sopa go back on their words.
     
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    Other movie sharing sites like veoh?
     
  10. AdrianK macrumors 68020

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    Citation required.
     
  11. obeygiant macrumors 68040

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    Oh no! How will people share large porn files now?
     
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    I'm so glad they're fixing major problems like this, and not bothering with trivial stuff like climate change, fracking, banking and investment fraud, unemployment and the like.

    Because really, the number one problem facing America today is insidious threats to the profits of the MPAA and the porn biz.
     
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    Do they have a case? I was under the impression that MegaUpload was fairly good about removing links found to contain copyright material. The prosecutors seem to be implying that MegaUpload ENCOURAGED people to upload copyrighted material, which I find unbelievable.

    Just seems like a witchhunt to me. Does the RIAA and MPAA reallyyyy need more money? No. It boggles my mind that even without SOPA and PIPA this sort of thing can happen; that they can find a way to indict the operators of a legitimate business.

    I can attempt to mail contraband and illegal goods through FedEx and UPS, but you don't see them being shut down.
     
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    As soon as I find something, I'll let everyone know.
     
  15. Heilage macrumors 68030

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    Profits that are increasing by the magnitude of billions per year, mind you.

    Oh, these poor poor victims.
     
  16. HarryPot macrumors 6502a

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    Those situations you mention are of more importance, but what does that have to do with this?

    I agree that targeting sites like Facebooks or Twitter because illegal links are shared thru them is stupid, but taking down sites that are mostly used for illegal activity, is the right thing to do.

    Pirate Bay is mainly used for that. Not once in my life has someone uploaded a torrent for me or others to download legal content (presentations, etc.) For this things people use DropBox or similar services. And the few who use them for legal actions are minimal.

    And as far as I know, MegaUpload is mainly used for illegal activity.
     
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    Wow. Anonymous is going apesh*t. DOJ, UMG, MPAA, RIAA, U.S. Copyright Office...all attacked
     
  18. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

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    Which hunt yes but megaUpload was not the best at policing itself. Plenty of less than legal stuff I have seen links to that trace back to MegaUpload.
     
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    They're also reporting that the FBI is next.
     
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    Oh no. Where will I get my track01.mp3.exe from now? :rolleyes:
     
  22. kolax macrumors G3

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    This is getting out of hand.. The internet has some very dark days ahead of it. Worldwide censorship via the US looks a reality as the SOPA and PIPA legislations will be backed after news of this breaks.
     
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    Usenet, baby, Usenet.
     

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