MegaUpload Shutdown by FBI, Owners ArrestedAdded: Monday, January 23rd, 2012
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Ridiculous Criminal Trials
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Last week was indeed sad time for online freedom: shockingly enough, MegaUpload, one of the largest file-sharing websites throughout the world, has been shut down by the Federal Bureau Of Investigation based on charges of infringing copyright laws. This happened just one day after hundreds of websites protested against new US anti-piracy legislation named SOPA by doing a “blackout”.
The U.S. Justice Department indictment reads that MegaUpload, as well as its affiliated sites, generated revenues of over $175 million annually from advertising. In addition, it also read that because of the copyright infringement, the damages caused by the service reached $500 million. The leaders of the service have been convicted with five counts of copyright violation and conspiracy. Now the founders of MegaUpload face a sentence of twenty years in prison on the charge of racketeering, 5 years for money laundering and 5 more years on each of the substantive charges of criminal copyright violation. Four of the service leaders, Dotcom (the founder), Batato, Ortmann and van der Kolk had been taken into custody last week in Auckland, New Zealand, by local police. Meanwhile, three others (Bencko, Echternach and Nomm) are still free.
The file-sharing service has been supported by many celebrities, musicians and even producers. Just before being seized, the site contained endorsements from such celebrities as Kim Kardashian, Alicia Keys and Kanye West. Once the FBI seized MegaUpload domain name, the infamous hacker group Anonymous reacted to the move and compiled and published a file containing personal data about MPAA’s employees and US Democratic Party leaders and their families. The data was released, as usual, through Pastebin.com, as well as a list of the sites the hackers planned to attack next. In addition, the group under the Twitter name of @YourAnonNews claimed they managed to shut down FBI’s official site in response to MegaUpload being shut down. The tweet warned that 15 minutes after the government took down MegaUpload, Anonymous could take down government and record label websites.
The hackers emphasized that MegaUpload had been taken down without SOPA being law. The questions now are why they need this law in the first place then and what will happen if it passes. Apparently, the web as we know it will end in this case.
January 23rd,2012Posted by:
Monday, January 23rd, 2012
|posted by |
SaM (2012-01-23 13:06:16)
|xxxOBSCENExxx this is for u,there were some reasons for delay but they are not related to what u indicated|
|posted by (2012-01-23 14:03:43)|
|Apparently the entertainment moguls don't need SOPA type legislation passed to get what they want. I wonder who's next?|
TPB, ET, Demonoid, even Google? Frightening...
|posted by (2012-01-23 15:56:47)|
|I forgot the FBI are in fact the world Police, your right though, what's the point of SOPA if the already have the power, other than to take control of the world wide web (which after oil is dont would be the most profitable thing to control on the planet!) that would sort out there debt nicely and do something Sir Tim Berners-Lee faild to do|
|posted by (2012-01-23 15:59:52)|
|Run for the hills....not. They carn't and will never stop file-sharing.|
|posted by (2012-01-23 17:39:18)|
|it's very bad news abt megaupload i feared that what the next action of fbi . so sad......|
|posted by (2012-01-23 17:41:36)|
|go to hell u FBI|
|well atleast we still got mediafire xD|
|Thanks, it's truly a tragic state of affairs when a site can be held liable for content in which it does not actually host on it's servers. However when this actually does happen I can see why many sites come under scrutiny, although it's rare it's actually happening. Hopefully this helps others realize that there actually are safer means of file sharing (the bittorrent protocol, for example and it encourages users to stay safe.|
|posted by (2012-01-24 02:57:23)|
|xxxOBSCENExxx states "safer" means of file sharing... what's safe and what's not? or could someone please answer for me. I've only been with ET for a couple months and I would consider myself still fairly new... Thanks to everyone|
|This is getting bad. Let's hope extra torrent is safe and that we stay off the radar of this violation of our freedom to share.|
|"wtf how can the FBI be allowed to do this? is the internet owned by the USA!! "|
Well basically yes the internet is owned by the US. The US controls the basic structure of the DNS system. And most traffic 85% flows in and out of the US. Unless everyone starts to remember IPs of there favorite sites, im afraid the US can at some point police the web.
|posted by (2012-01-24 09:31:39)|
|instead of capturing terrorist the FBI sits on a computer eating donuts and Shutting Down websites.|
|posted by (2012-01-24 13:34:48)|
|next the FBi will be arresting foreign govnerments because they wont bend over and take it in the arse from the US all stand up boycott US products and let ur voice be heard hit them in the pocket they cant afford to loose money they owe Cina trillions already and almost defoulted on their loan repayments|
|posted by (2012-01-24 13:50:20)|
|it's really sad to hear this news as this was my favorite and most used file-sharing site by me (I guess everyone too). Will miss you megaupload and wish to you come back again (if any chance, but looks impossible). |
Still got mediafire (best after megaupload)
|posted by (2012-01-24 19:58:20)|
|The news is truly sad. This type of irrational activities can't be tolerated...|
|posted by (2012-01-25 00:05:57)|
|we need to get a really big gun and start shooting FBI people|
|posted by (2012-01-25 06:23:24)|
|I posted about this in another article. How long before ET gets taken down. I been a user here for something like 5-6 years. The day I log into here and see a take down notice I will cry. War with Iran, debt and a currency that's worth nothing, censoring the internet, man.. usa is gonna b land of the slaves. Im just glad I have duel citizenship. All in the name of greed!|
|posted by (2012-01-26 02:21:50)|
|RICO's what gets these sassy white asses slapped, stupid fux.|
|posted by (2012-01-26 02:50:32)|
|There are plenty of players in the no-questions-asked online storage game: HulkShare, MediaFire, YouSendIt. They’re all staples of web sharing—and they’re all still up and running today. Partly because they’re smaller than Megaupload; partly because they’re smarter, but mostly because they don’t operate like sloppy drug kingpins.|
The Justice Department’s whopping 72-page indictment against Megaupload—or as it’s tellingly referred to in the document, the “Mega Conspiracy”—illuminates a cavalier operation of opulence, carelessness, and tonnes of money. The Mega Conspiracy crew—which spanned continents, and was lead by flamboyant fatboy millionaire conman Kim Dotcom—was openly, wittingly rich off of copyrighted music. They were flagrant about their intentions to squeeze cash out of Simpsons episodes and 50 Cent albums; rewarding their most piracy-pushing users, laundering money through the site, and spending the cash in the most conspicuous ways imaginable....
|posted by (2012-01-26 02:52:16)|
|Of all the brushes that painted a giant target on Megaupload’s back, the most obvious one is size.|
|posted by (2012-01-26 02:58:39)|
|The feds—those tasked as intellectual property sentinels in particular—want more power to kill sites like Megaupload. It looks like they’re not going to get their way through legislation though, so setting a prominent target ablaze in a very public and dramatic manner is a great screw you to SOPA’s foes.|
If that’s the case, the Department of Justice should be gagging on irony: their swift destruction of Megaupload sans SOPA proves how gratuitous the bill was in the first place. This week has been the week of copyright warfare, but the decision to nuke the king copyright violator so spectacularly only goes to show how little the feds need bigger bombs.
|Thanks for the article keeping us informed. Never was a fan of MegaUpload but, hate to see this type of power being displayed. It's only gonna get worse though.|
|posted by (2012-01-28 05:32:58)|
|why cant they just leave the internet alone they have very little to be at||
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