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MegaUpload shut down by US government, four execs arrested

By Matthew
Jan 19, 2012
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  1. "Haven't you been paying attention? The US can apparently enter any other country and do whatever it wants to. "

    As it should be! Third world countries need to learn not to mess with the best!
     
  2. Twixtea

    Twixtea TS Rookie Posts: 87

    Nice joke
     
  3. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,909   +716

    That is simply not true.

    (signed)
    Pakistan


    In other news, these guys seem like chuckleheads...
    [ Source: New Zealand news site "Stuff" ]
     
  4. emanon26

    emanon26 TS Rookie

    WOW... I guess being an internet storage hub, isn't as convenient and innocent as we all thought. But I guess businesses are just fighting each other just to stay online. Still, did SOPA started all of this ...
     
  5. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 4,686   +86

    Well all I can say things are changing.. That site an other sites like that will fall down too like Mediafire I am sure that's next to go. Best pull the network cable and transfer your funds to hidden account and go under hiding if you can get away with it. But I am sure the they know who and what your doing already.

    So no more Mega Uploads - Regular and Premium access...
     
  6. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,821   +922

    What were you expecting from someone who calls himself, "Kim Dotcom"?

    How did the police get into Dotcom's "safe room" anyway, whisper his "safe word"...? :haha:
     
  7. Richy2k9

    Richy2k9 TS Enthusiast Posts: 515

    hello ...

    I forgot, was just a bait ... & yes at some point the real target would be to scare novice into seeking legit stuffs...

    the real problem would be ignorance, from a recent personal survey, i found that most pirates in my zone didn't even know that they were so, didn't know that there are cheaper or free alternatives & worst, didn't have the choice in the 1st place ... taking in consideration 1 new lappy owner who got everything original with his device & another 1 who bought a desktop with unofficial OS + apps took it for granted that was legit even without any COA/Documents to state so ...

    I even met a new PS3 owner who was happy he bought a 'modified' console with at least 5 games pre-installed while was surprised when was made aware of the impossibility of going online with it without losing his games ... the customer didn't want limitations, but had no facts ...

    I know lot of mega* site dwellers who thought was normal and they even thought I was dumb not doing so !

    It has begun & even if i don't really like it, sometimes we have no choice ...

    cheers!
     
  8. Although the appeal of getting something for digital content for free is appealing - taking someone's content that they had no intent of giving away is stealing, plain and simple.

    If the same thing happened to a good or service you produced - you'd be pissed and want a bunch of laywers and the government to do something about it.

    There may be better business models to handle todays tech - but it's still a "business" model and there is no free lunch.

    Stopping theft isn't big brother - it's big business and for one like getting a paycheck for what I do.
     
  9. jmjsquared

    jmjsquared TS Enthusiast Posts: 145

    "Of course, it is been twisted so that it seems like their regular business model is illegal( which is not)so that it scares users off from websites like these. (Fileserve, Rapidshare, Filesonic, etc, ect , etc)."

    Do you have access to, and, have you read the criminal complaint and filings in this case? I haven't. So, I cannot intelligently express an opinion on their merits. As chic and l33t as it may be to take the knee-jerk position of "Big Brother is at it again.", serious people will examine the facts and only then formulate an opinion. I think the Internet and its integrity deserve no less.
     
  10. jmjsquared

    jmjsquared TS Enthusiast Posts: 145

    And, we all KNOW that the existing laws are ineffectual. I'll wager that not ONE person Web-savvy enough to read and/or post here has NOT downloaded something *illegal* from Megaupload and/or a similar source!

    The sites that do not host the files but, rather, point us to the source of the files are equally culpable.
    "I don't actually have the drugs but, for a fee, I will point you to the source that has."

    Let's not play coy, innocent and naive. Those of us who *love* the Internet have done a poor job of policing and protecting it ourselves and, therefore, have CAUSED a LEGITIMATE demand to gain traction that 'someone' do it for us. We have been either a part of the solution or a part of the problem.

    Personally, I admit to not having done my part.

    Honestly now, have all of you?
     
  11. Great1122

    Great1122 TS Enthusiast Posts: 152

    To everyone saying that the US had no right to take down Megaupload, Megaupload had illegal content stored in the state of Virginia, and it took them two years to figure this out, US has no right to control sites outside of the US, so as long as filehosting sites stay out of the US, they'll be fine.
     
     
  12. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,119   +1,523

    The Internet is a worldwide connection, location is irrelevant. If regulations cannot be agreed upon worldwide (at least majority rule), they should not be enforced. One country standing out alone from the rest is quite possibly fighting a loosing battle.
     
  13. This pretty much comes down to them making an enormous sum of money while promoting the uploading of copyrighted material. They have complied with the government with a tool to help take down copyrighted material but that tool was so inefficient at doing so that it was apparent that they had no intention of actually aiding in taking down copyrighted material. They say that it is a storage bin for files but the files disappear after so many days if the content isn't downloaded by others. It comes down to their business model being so blatantly pro pirating that they have been the easiest target so far. After reading the indictment I'm pretty sure these guys are gonna go down pretty hard. It will probably serve as precedent in a ton of other future cases. This will be one to watch for sure. While I was once on board with pirating because of how f-ed up the entertainment industry has been. They have just about given us what we really wanted in the first place; digital copies of movies and songs, streaming rentals and being able to purchase individual songs instead of buying a whole album for 20 bucks with one song that you might like. Its time now that we just start looking at pirating for what it is. Stealing. Thats a pretty unpopular view, but really thats what its now come down to. It used to be that the industry didnt offer the content that we wanted, how we wanted it. But its here now and half the price it used to be. Thats what we wanted and we finally got it. Continuing to pirate is just plain illegal and greedy. Sorry but thats the hard truth.
     


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