Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 19th Jan 2012 23:00 UTC
Legal And bam, MegaUpload.com is no more. The FBI has arrested four people behind the popular file-sharing website, and is looking for three more, in a worlwide investigation into the website. Apparently, the site is super-dangerous - the indictment behind the arrests minces no words. As a countermeasure, people claiming to be from Anonymous took down the websites of ViaCom and the Department of Justice. Update: Ars has analysed the indictment. It's pretty damning, but does have a few weird odds and ends. Update II: And more and more sites are falling by Anonymous' hands. Largest operation in their history.
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oomingmak
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2006-09-22

Sadly, the boycotts don't work... I've been more-or-less boycotting the "Big Content" music and movie industry now for a few years

It takes more than one person for an effective boycott, so I wouldn't be so quick to dismiss it as 'not working' based solely only on your solitary experience.

There have been web protests before which were equally ineffective, but the co-ordination of yesterday's efforts got a significantly more noticeable result (as well as mainstream media attention, for once).

Imagine an equivalent co-ordinated real-world action (as suggested in bhtooefr's post). The media would pick it up and the reason behind the boycott would be so abundantly clear that big media couldn't spin it their own way.

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