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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Dotcom Used to Help US Catch Pirates

Dotcom Used to Help US Catch Pirates

Dotcom Used to Help US Catch Pirates

Added: Thursday, November 29th, 2012
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extratorrent.com
Surprisingly enough, it is true. According to the recent interviews and court documents, few years ago MegaUpload complied with a secret search warrant of the United States against its users. The group of five people used to run a file-sharing service based on the cyberlocker’s infrastructure.

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In June 2010, the servers of the company based in Virginia were under a criminal investigation which targeted NinjaVideo – a file-sharing service operating on MegUpload’s infrastructure. In the meantime, the company was being investigated on its own, but American authorities regarded the cyberlocker as NinjaVideo’s ISP and served MegaUpload with the warrant. The company’s lawyer stated that MegaUpload responded as “good corporate citizens”, keeping the warrant a secret and providing the authorities with the information on the 39 pirated films listed in the warrant. The cooperation between the cyberlocker and U.S. government eventually led to the indictment of 5 users, including the founder of NinjaVideo service.

However, now the authorities of the United States are trying to use the NinjaVideo case against the Dotcom’s company itself. A personal e-mail from Mathias Ortmann to Kim Dotcom was obtained by the prosecutors, where he said that the 39 supplied MD5 hashes identified mostly very popular files uploaded by more than 2,000 different users so far.

The cyberlocker never erased those films from its servers, and that’s why the U.S. authorities claim that Dotcom was fully aware that his website was used for copyright violation.

A MegaUpload domain seizure warrant, which was unsealed a week ago, revealed that a federal agent, whose name was kept anonymous, accused the cyberlocker of uploading infringing files themselves, pointing out to the movies left on its servers.

In response, a cooperation request by the US authorities bolstered the company’s view that as a cloud storage intermediary MegaUpload was operating lawfully even if some of its users may have been misbehaving. Moreover, the company always responded to takedown requests and qualifies for the DMCA safe harbor. However, the US government claims that the website received thousands of DMCA notices and failed to take steps to comply.


By:
SaM
November 29th,2012

Posted by: 
SaM

Date:  Thursday, November 29th, 2012



Comments (15) (please add your comment »)

1
posted by Trusted UploaderTurtle (2012-11-29 13:27:29)
ponklay avatarI don't know why dotcom is such a hero for pirates now
its not like he never deleted any files because of copyright issues
cyberlockers are always a waste of time if you want your files to stay on the internet then use torrents

2
posted by (2012-11-29 17:52:04)
No avatarwell they do say "no good dead goes unpunished"

3
posted by (2012-11-30 05:56:02)
Solcis avatarThe government can go fnck themselves, whoring for private industry! Looks like Dotcom got what he deserves after naming names. Right out of the House of Un-American Activities playbook. Hell- right out of *Mao's* playbook!

4
posted by Blocked (2012-11-30 06:24:25)
sukmukdik avatarOne very important thing left out of this article and Dotcom said it himself during an interview. He had a system in place where alleged or true copyright holders could delete the file or files themselves after providing a DCMA notice.
This means RIAA, MPAA and other could have removed the files themselves.
What we are seeing is the governments case backed by Biden as stated by Dotcom going down the toilet and their desperate attempts to salvage it.
Those files if they were still on the servers most likely were not accessable and maybe were there as evidence in the mentioned ninjavideo case..

5
posted by Blocked (2012-11-30 07:05:20)
o2david avatarOh they are the ones in the park sitting on the bench.
I love America.

6
posted by (2012-11-30 07:25:16)
giraffe avatarThanx for the article Sam. As I have written many times Dotcom is an untrustworthy common thief.

7
posted by Blocked (2012-11-30 19:49:26)
El_Federali avatarAnother filesharing fat arse snitches to save his own arse. Might as well just call him IMAGiNE from now on.

8
posted by (2012-12-01 05:07:30)
No avatarI don't know why anyone liked or defended MU to begin with.
The files were always deleted fast. Files that were DOUJIN/INDEPENDENT/NONPROFIT got deleted, as well, because trolls would report stuff and the morons would delete it with NO proof of ownership, and wouldn't respond after you point out the nature of the material they wrongly deleted. The files that weren't deleted gave errors midway so you couldn't download and had to wait longer. Even slow foreign sites didn't error midway!

The only pirate heros are the ones that find ways around the law for the masses: TPB hosting links, encrypted p2p devs, encryption devs in general, ISPs not succumbing to corporate/legal bullying and only following the laws TO THE LETTER (...almost none of them?), etc.
If you're turning a profit and not doing things for the greater good, you're just another worthless selfish capitalist pig that deserves no respect.

9
posted by (2012-12-01 13:28:33)
No avatarinstead of breaking heads over piracy... their is a simple easy way to kill it... make music movies affordable.. people will pay for movies and music if they get it world wide cheap... file sharing sites will die out... genuine will survive...
in india moserbear sells dvd at 40- 50 inr. cheaper than pirates... they do good bussiness..
everyone should follow it...
i think microsoft has realised it and they r giving out windows 8 at near throw away price of 800 rupees..
wish everyone takes note of this .. especially playstation and xbox...

10
posted by men (2012-12-02 00:33:03)
Nui avatarI agree with ponklay on his first comment!

11
posted by (2012-12-02 03:29:31)
No avatar@Dalamar: that exactly right, "with NO proof of ownership" happens all the time on YouTube. but um...Micro**** is doing this only for a short time as they know the OS is a PILE O JUNK. after feb some time, MSRP's go main stream for sales. and yes there MUCH hier than the last 2 reversions.

12
posted by Site FriendET loverSuperman (2012-12-02 12:00:00)
Embolism avatarIf common sense were incorporated to begin with and we followed the example of radio caroline to some extent none of the BS would ever happen,buy a small atoll/island outside of any governments jurisdiction and set up your own server they cannot extradite you for anything then since you are not answerable to them or their laws,simples.

13
posted by (2012-12-04 08:12:45)
No avatar"We The People" my ass. The government is so full of $#!T, they don't give a rats ass about copyright, they just want the money, that's logic. Cause if they really, truly wanted to put an end to piracy, they would have took appropiate action a long, long time ago. I mean, we're in the worst depression since the Great Depression, nobody can afford to pay $1 for just ONE FRIGGIN song and $20 or more for a new movie, that's ridiculous, and is why piracy is so high. We need a Department of Common Sense to replace much of our government... but than again, it'd be a pretty small Department with so few that have common sense these days. $$$$$$$ Is all they are after, to fix the debt the put THEMSELVES INTO.

14
posted by (2012-12-04 08:14:22)
No avatarI'd have to pay almost $2,500 to fill my 8GB iPod up with music... who in the hell can afford that? Not I, and not millions of other americans.

15
posted by (2012-12-04 08:26:17)
No avatarLastly, these music and movie industries make PLENTY of money, 100's of millions, sometimes billions of dollars, like that's not enough? That's yet another clue the government wants to wring money out of us, every way and any way they can. There's so much REAL crime out there and they target middle-class americans for downloading a movie or music, it's pathetic. We've become communist/libral country. When and where in this world can we find mobarity? Nowhere, and probably NEVER!



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