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Feds Shut Down File-Sharing Website Megaupload - TriWooOx - 01-19-2012

Quote:One of the world's largest file-sharing sites was shut down Thursday, and its founder and several company executives were charged with violating piracy laws, federal prosecutors said.

An indictment accuses Megaupload.com of costing copyright holders more than $500 million in lost revenue from pirated films and other content. The indictment was unsealed one day after websites including Wikipedia and Craigslist shut down in protest of two congressional proposals intended to thwart online piracy.

The Justice Department said in a statement said that Kim Dotcom, formerly known as Kim Schmitz, and three others were arrested Thursday in New Zealand at the request of U.S. officials. Two other defendants are at large.

Megaupload was unique not only because of its massive size and the volume of downloaded content, but also because it had high-profile support from celebrities, musicians and other content producers who are most often the victims of copyright infringement and piracy. Before the website was taken down, it contained endorsements from Kim Kardashian, Alicia Keys and Kanye West, among others.

The Hong Kong-based company listed Swizz Beatz, a musician who married Keys in 2010, as its CEO.

Before the site was taken down, it posted a statement saying allegations that it facilitated massive breaches of copyright laws were "grotesquely overblown."

"The fact is that the vast majority of Mega's Internet traffic is legitimate, and we are here to stay. If the content industry would like to take advantage of our popularity, we are happy to enter into a dialogue. We have some good ideas. Please get in touch," the statement said.

A lawyer who represented the company in a lawsuit last year declined comment Thursday.

Megaupload is considered a "cyberlocker," in which users can upload and transfer files that are too large to send by email. Such sites can have perfectly legitimate uses. But the Motion Picture Association of America, which has campaigned for a crackdown on piracy, estimated that the vast majority of content being shared on Megaupload was in violation of copyright laws.

The website allowed users to download films, TV shows, games, music and other content for free, but made money by charging subscriptions to people who wanted access to faster download speeds or extra content. The website also sold advertising.

The indictment was returned in the Eastern District of Virginia, which claimed jurisdiction in part because some of the alleged pirated materials were hosted on leased servers in Ashburn, Va.

Dotcom, a resident of both Hong Kong and New Zealand, and a dual citizen of Finland and Germany, made more than $42 million from the conspiracy in 2010 alone, according to the indictment.

Dotcom is founder, former CEO and current chief innovation officer of Megaupload.

http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/apnewsbreak-feds-shut-file-sharing-website-15396093#.Txh6iCPIeUf


RE: Feds Shut Down File-Sharing Website Megaupload - thokling - 01-19-2012

Strange, kim.com comes up with a blank page.


RE: Feds Shut Down File-Sharing Website Megaupload - nwo2012 - 01-20-2012

The Jews of Hollywood wield their power.


RE: Feds Shut Down File-Sharing Website Megaupload - h3rm35 - 09-24-2012

Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/09/24/nz_says_megaupload_wiretaps_illegal/
NZ spooks acted unlawfully in Megaupload wiretap

Court informed of wrongdoing as PM orders inquiry

By Simon Sharwood, APAC Editor

Posted in Law, 24th September 2012 02:47 GMT

New Zealand authorities have informed the nation's High Court that individuals at the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) “acted unlawfully while assisting the Police to locate certain individuals subject to arrest warrants” in the case of Kim Dotcom's Megaupload service.

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key issued a statement [1] saying, in part, that “The Bureau had acquired communications in some instances without statutory authority.” That information is said to have led to the arrests of some involved in the case.

Key has also announced an inquiry into the GCSB's role. The statement says the inquiry will be conducted by New Zealand's Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security, Paul Neazor, whose role is spelled out here [2].

Key says that as the Megaupload case is before the High Court there is not much he can say, other than the canned quotes from the statement to the effect that:

“I expect our intelligence agencies to operate always within the law. Their operations depend on public trust.”

“I look forward to the Inspector-General’s inquiry getting to the heart of what took place and what can be done about it.”

Kim Dotcom responded quickly to the news, tweeting [3] “The NZ equivalent of the CIA has spied on me UNLAWFULLY," and then adding [4] that “I welcome the inquiry by @JohnKeyPM into unlawful acts by the GCSB. Please extend the inquiry to cover the entire Crown Law Mega case.”

He's also likened his life to a movie, saying [5] :

I'm now a real life James Bond villain in a real life political copyright thriller scripted by Hollywood & the White House.

He's also tweeted that a new version of his service is imminent.

“Quick update on the new Mega,” he emitted [6] over the weekend. “Code 90% done. Servers on the way. Lawyers, Partners & Investors ready. Be patient. It's coming.” ®
Links

http://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/prime-minister-requests-inquiry
http://www.dpmc.govt.nz/dpmc/publications/securingoursafety/overview
https://twitter.com/KimDotcom/status/250044789179940866
https://twitter.com/KimDotcom/status/250056141600587776
https://twitter.com/KimDotcom/status/250046771529662467
https://twitter.com/KimDotcom/status/249301311647014912