Megaupload: MPAA wants data kept for lawsuits, scammers target users

By Rick · 18 replies
Mar 22, 2012
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  1. The Motion Picture Association of America has requested that Megaupload's host, Carpathia, retain about 25PB (yep, that's petabytes) of data. According to Wired, this move follows an earlier appeal made by…

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  2. Tygerstrike

    Tygerstrike TS Enthusiast Posts: 827   +93

    Good Lord I definatly see the MPAA using that data for their own agenda. What worries me is the term "Intermediaries". I certainly hope we dont see a ton of civil suits from this but we will. I worry about the legit users who have lost access to their data. I also worry about those ppl who were doing "illegal" downloads, pray they dont have a drop of your info cause it looks like the MPAA is truly gearing up to rape anyone who they deem violated the copyright laws.
  3. yRaz

    yRaz Nigerian Prince Posts: 2,309   +1,403

    The authorities are copying the data, anyone else see the irony?
  4. killeriii

    killeriii TS Enthusiast Posts: 213   +14

    "MPAA vice president Howard Gantman claims the organization does not intend to sue individual users."

    Aren't "individual users" the one's that actually infringed on copyrights? Megaupload only provided a hosting service. Might as well hold telephone companies responsible for organized crime that happens on their lines.
    Reminds me of the other day when the U.S. shut down a Canadian gambling site because U.S. residents were breaking the law.

    To United States (companies and government):

    Stop blaming others for your problems!
  5. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,992   +2,527

    Well, where the heck is "Anonymous" when you really need them?

    This seems like a good job for them, since they're all about "helping us"....:rolleyes:

    They should quit that kiddy-hacker DDOS s***, and hack into Carpathia's servers and wipe the drives.

    Whaddya think...?
  6. Lurker101

    Lurker101 TS Evangelist Posts: 820   +344

    I'm agreeing with Cranky on this one. I had my CV (Resumé to you Americans) and a load of games modding files on my account. What's the chances that they won't take my information and declare me guilty by proxy?
  7. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    They'll show up. They may not be the "good guys" but they aren't the **AA, which makes them, at least in some sort, a crusader. Whatever moral beliefs the MPAA/RIAA are on, they are stamping all over other 'rights'.
  8. And how many of us are happily saving our data in a 'cloud' somewhere. It's just a matter of time until these guys decide they need to peek at that.
  9. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,992   +2,527

    Yeah, they're the Nazi faction of the Christian Far Right.

    We should all just chip in and buy ourselves a big bunch of politicians, just like they do..

    Anyway, if Anonymous does show up, they'll probably do an ironic and pointless DDOS on MegaUpload. (Just kidding).

    Wasn't the "Carpathia" the freighter that came to the aid of the Titanic?

    I've said this before, but it certainly bears repeating, "the "cloud" is a really stupid place to put stuff". (At least in your own name).
  10. hitech0101

    hitech0101 TS Guru Posts: 451   +34

    MPAA:Megaupload Personal Accounts of America.
  11. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +96

    Perhaps they may find some ways to try their weaponry on MPAA/RIAA's ? But anyway, regardless of outcome of Megaupload or similar cases, I don't think they will be able to stop the shadow internet in any way, in essence they may hasten development of means whereby MPAA/RIAA's ability to catch anyone becomes harder and harder.
  12. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,471   +375

    I find the symbolism (and irony) of this realization amazing, since it's also true as far as names are concerned.

    If Anonymous does decide to do something... it won't be for the users with data stranded on Carpathia's servers, it'll be for their own gain. That's how they seem to generally work, at least in the public eye.
  13. Seems like some in the US Department of Justice and government individuals had MegaUpload account according to the founder Kim Dotcom, it would be funny if he releases what they were sharing.
  14. Tygerstrike

    Tygerstrike TS Enthusiast Posts: 827   +93

    Now you know ANON wont do diddly squat on this. There is no positive press, there is no political gain. Why would they bother? Seems since one of their members went rogue we havent heard much from Anon. Perhaps the ppl who got arrested really were the "head" of Anon. Besides this isnt the US govt. that has minimal resorces to call upon. This is the MPAA!!! They will just go out and buy themselves a nice little cache of hackers!!
  15. NTAPRO

    NTAPRO TS Evangelist Posts: 809   +102

    I just happen to be reading a book series that has someone named Carpathia as the anti-christ >_>
  16. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,992   +2,527

  17. TJGeezer

    TJGeezer TS Enthusiast Posts: 385   +10

    MPAA=More People Are Assaulted

    Greedy bassids.
  18. If Anonymous tries anything, it will help the government convince the general public that there needs to be more bills to restrict freedoms online.
  19. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,992   +2,527

    The truly scary and ironic thing about that is, while the US congress can't get much of anything else done, they could probably rip legislation restricting internet freedom through in a heartbeat.....

    I tell ya, it's like we voted the members of the RIAA and MPAA directly into public office ourselves

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