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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > MegaUpload Employee Sentenced to 1 Year

MegaUpload Employee Sentenced to 1 Year

MegaUpload Employee Sentenced to 1 Year

Added: Sunday, March 1st, 2015
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2013, www.extratorrent.cc
One of the MegaUpload programmers indicted by the US has pleaded guilty and got one year of jail time. Within a plea deal, he had to admit that he downloaded copyright infringing content from Mega websites.

It’s been about 3 years of relative inaction in the case against the well-known Dotcom-run MegaUpload, but now there is some news about 7 of its employees. For example, several days ago the American authorities arrested one of the indicted MegaUpload defendants, a 36-year-old programmer, who came to the US from the Netherlands to take a plea deal and get imprisoned for one year and one day.

The employee had to acknowledge that he had been aware that MegaUpload stored copyright violating content, including movies and TV-shows, and had personally downloaded them. In addition, the employee continued to participate in the Mega Conspiracy.

This seems to be the first victory of the US law enforcement authorities in this case, and they are eager to bring the other defendants to the country as well, claiming that the Mega Conspiracy had engaged in massive infringement of copyrighted works for illegal profit.

As for Kim Dotcom, who has founded MegaUpload and later – Mega, he slammed the American legal system in a comment, but said that he could understand the decision of the coder, who had no other chance rather than to plead guilty after 3 years of DOJ abuse to be able to finally move on with his life. At the same time, the US authorities might have taken advantage of this particular employee, because he was an Estonian citizen living in a foreign country and therefore very vulnerable and running out of money.

The matter is that the facts mentioned in court – for example, a lack of cloud filtering of copyrighted files – were civil secondary copyright issues, but not criminal. As for MegaUpload, the company insisted that it had a robust take down system that provided direct delete access to copyright holders, thanks to which millions of links were removed from the service.

The sentencing of the programmer for criminal copyright violation surprised the industry observers, because there was only one example of possible copyright violation –watching a copy of a pirated TV-show – in the indictment. Perhaps, the authorities had other evidence, but it wasn’t announced to the public.

Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article.

Posted by:  SuperAdmin
Date:  Sunday, March 1st, 2015

Comments (9) (please add your comment »)

posted by ET junkieET loverTurtle (2015-03-01 06:33:24)
teethors avatarthat too bad, they are too strict ehhhh, great share ozi

posted by (2015-03-01 09:17:13)
shivababa avatarIt was not all illegal, the best Beatles bootleg site courtesy of purple chick, nobody knows who this is used megaupload:



posted by ET junkieKitty (2015-03-01 20:01:12)
Selsley avatari thought it was ok to copy and store your own content? i thought it was only copyright infringment if you shared copies of your tapes cds videos and dvds. if this is the case how can they charge them with storing copyright infringing material?

if theyre so bothered, why arent they taking the makers of ripping and copying programs to court instead.

posted by (2015-03-02 14:48:01)
rebornawareness avatarYOu need to study the Freeman strawman Sovereign movement eg. go to youtube I thimk If I remember correctly Robert Menard, Dean Clifford, Winston Shrout, William(billy)faust,
David Sydney, Brian Gerrish, Frank O collins, Roger Hayes etc are a few names and keywords to get you started to understand the truth about the Laws and the legal system thats been hidden and how everybody has been lied to and tricked and by studying the above you can gain your freedom for the first time in your life.

posted by (2015-03-02 19:19:04)
No avatarIt's sad to see this happen for at least a couple of reasons. First, it is sad to see the US government wasting such enormous resources on a ridiculous case that benefits only the entertainment industry, not the public safety. MegaUpload honored all DCMA takedown notices, and were no different a cloud storage medium than iCloud, dropbox, etc. The victims? The movie industry, who claimed that each downloaded movie was a ticket sale that they would otherwise get. Wrong! a small fraction of downloaders would ever go to the theater to see some crappy movie. The evidence? Studies that are funded by the movie industry. Independent studies not receiving entertainment money routinely find that "piracy" has little to no economic effect on the movie industry. So why is the US government devoting so many millions to prosecutions that benefit only the movie industry? The second sad fact is that the US Government can load up so much cost, expense and risk on some poor guy from Estonia whose big offense was watching a downloaded TV program, of all things. It's an outrage. Finally, it is sad to see the law so contorted by the government and the court system. MegaUpload may have facilitated copyright infringement, along with many perfectly legal uses, no different that a copy machine in the 1970's. A copy machine could be used to copy books and distribute them or homework assignments. No one has ever claimed that Xerox is "contributorily liable for copyright infringement if one of their coy machines is used to copy and distribute a book. The whole thing is an outrage.

posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendET junkieET loverSupermanSun (2015-03-03 00:41:49)
bone111 avatarWhat's the point in a extra day prison

posted by (2015-03-03 01:24:05)
Jimmi_R avatarIn the 1980's the extra day meant you would go to prison instead of a county jail or other facility.

posted by (2015-03-03 04:51:17)
No avatarThey sentence people to a year and a day in most states in the US because if your only setenced to one year than its county jail time. The extra day ensures that you go to prison and not county jail.

posted by (2015-03-04 04:52:58)

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