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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RE: Despair
by WorknMan on Fri 20th Jan 2012 01:12 UTC in reply to "Despair"
WorknMan
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2005-11-13

These gangs (RIAA, MPAA and BSA) are doing a thing that even Soviet Union failed, and with a uncanny efficiency: destroying the very foundations of the democracy in USA, bit by bit.


That's quite a bit of rhetoric on your part. If the article on Ars is to be believed, it's clear that the most popular downloads on Megaupload were of copyrighted material, and the site owners knew it. In that case, it's no surprise they got taken down.

Now, you can argue whether or not copyright laws can and should be done away with, but until then, if you run a site that deals mostly in pirated material, the safe harbor is probably not going to protect you, nor should it. There's a big difference between having a site that just happens to link to some warez, and a site where warez is the main draw.

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RE[2]: Despair
by eldarion on Fri 20th Jan 2012 10:02 in reply to "RE: Despair"
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2008-12-15


That's quite a bit of rhetoric on your part. If the article on Ars is to be believed, it's clear that the most popular downloads on Megaupload were of copyrighted material, and the site owners knew it


Ok, lets be clear on this. If that's the reason for the shutdown, all other file sharing sites similar to megaupload will go down. That includes fileshare, hotfile, oron, filesonic, rapidshare and many many more.

Personaly, loosing MU was very sad, because comparing with all the other similar sites, this one gave the anonymous users the faster download speeds.

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RE[3]: Despair
by Soulbender on Fri 20th Jan 2012 16:30 in reply to "RE[2]: Despair"
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2005-08-18

Personaly, loosing MU was very sad, because comparing with all the other similar sites, this one gave the anonymous users the faster download speeds.


Too bad it's run by convicted criminals and fraudsters, eh?

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RE[3]: Despair
by WorknMan on Fri 20th Jan 2012 21:25 in reply to "RE[2]: Despair"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

Ok, lets be clear on this. If that's the reason for the shutdown, all other file sharing sites similar to megaupload will go down.


Not necessarily. If they're vigilant about taking down copyrighted material and keeping it down instead of actually helping users find it, they'll probably be just fine. For example, if you see that the top downloads on your site are pirated movies and such, you definitely want to remove that ASAP.

With MU, it seems that the owners knew that people were coming for the warez, and just didn't give a damn.

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