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MegaUpload shut down by US government, four execs arrested

By Matthew · 61 replies
Jan 19, 2012
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  1. The US government has shut down one of the world's largest filesharing destinations, calling the service an "international organized criminal enterprise allegedly responsible for massive worldwide online piracy." In cooperation…

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  2. Chazz

    Chazz TS Evangelist Posts: 679   +74

    Holy ****. That's some very serious claims, I wonder what type of evidence they have.
  3. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,729   +409

    Who needs SOPA/PIPA when this can happen already?
  4. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 1,907   +591

    Yea, because we should have the right to get movies, tv shows, and games illegally.

    RIP Ice Films. It was a fun ride while it lasted.
  5. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 1,907   +591

    The type of evidence that gets you arrested and your website shut down.
  6. lalaman

    lalaman TS Member Posts: 25

    Anyways, the evidence can be found in this indictment:
    (assuming this comment nor the indictment gets taken down)
  7. freedomthinker

    freedomthinker TS Enthusiast Posts: 140

    Holy crap. Happy day ! Taking down websites for no good apparent reason ! US government is amazing , no'?
  8. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 5,311   +100

    Not sure why you'd think your comment would be deleted lalaman. Thanks for sharing. I was going to include a few DOJ links but they either yanked the pages or their site can't handle the current load. Hopefully Scribd's entry stays up.
  9. Chazz

    Chazz TS Evangelist Posts: 679   +74

    Yes, exactly. It seems like something more sinister than I could've imagined was going down. Hence, I wonder what evidence they have.
  10. lalaman

    lalaman TS Member Posts: 25

  11. inventix1136

    inventix1136 TS Rookie Posts: 85   +14

    What is the difference between megaupload and Amazon Cloud drive? One didn't give campaign contributions last year and the other did. Otherwise they are the same, providing sort of a digital locker.

    P.S. If the exec's are found guilty then we can kiss the "cloud" industry good bye.
  12. ****. This is starting to get really serious and out of hand. What the hell is gonna happen to the rest of the pirating site i.e piratebay, isohunt, etc.
  13. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,761   +435

    The point SNGX1275 was making was they didn't need SOPA/PIPA to stop this site.
  14. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +116

    Wave goodbye to them.

    If SOPA/PIPA passes, even mentioning them on some sites would see them swiped offline. That is the problem, where do you draw the line?

    Is linking illegal content hosted on another server an offence that warrants the shut-down of that site and treatment identical to the server that hosted it to begin with?

    Its a very fine line. Though in this case I would imagine considerable evidence has been collected that justifies the warrants and seizures that have taken place. Time will no doubt tell though.

    SOPA/PIPA will make existing legal steps even shorter, and the wielded power greater. Yes it was taken down without SOPA, but having that tool in the legal arsenal would make the process even faster and more damaging.
  15. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 2,400   +874

    Unlike SOPA they at least had a ton of actual evidence to support their case. ^_^ I've read the indictment and here's the result: "They are in MEGA DEEP ****!"
  16. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,333   +280

    I think you are confusing just what the "cloud" is. You store your files, personal information, run your programs from "the cloud." You know, things you actually have paid for, are legally licensed to use, etc. At the worst, you are storing illegal stuff in the cloud, but that's storing. As in personal. Private use, with the ability to share or collaborate some content (provided it does not break the terms of the agreement you entered into when establishing your cloud account).

    If you think for a second that this accurately describes Megaupload's operational model, I think you missed some key points in how they worked.

    The cloud industry is safe. Violators of cloud policies on copyrighted materials will not be. And with the cloud, it's not as anonymous as P2P or other forms of sharing.
  17. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,333   +280

    Riiiiiiight... Cause, you know, there were no other governments involved in this at all. Well, except for New Zealand, who must have agreed with the charges enough to back and assist in the seizure and arrests... Oh, and the Netherlands, Philippines, UK, Hong Kong, Germany, and Canada, who are all investigating the same group for the same illegal activities... Oh, but by all means, make it out to be the US doing stuff "for no good reason."
  18. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,729   +409

    Yes, thank you.

    That was exactly my point. Laws are already in place to stop piracy, this happened, I assume, legally.
  19. ramonsterns

    ramonsterns TS Enthusiast Posts: 744   +12

    Huh, I'm also curious as to what these men did.
  20. when is ŶOUTUBE going down?
  21. nirvanafr3ak

    nirvanafr3ak TS Rookie Posts: 23

    Rapidshare is bigger than Megaupload. These websites and bussiness are covered. They don't out front encourage corighted material to be uploaded and even take down links when requested by the owners or companies. MU must have been involved in other illegal activities to be taken down like this. 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).
  22. What I find funny is they probably think that this will have an impact on the pirating community.

    Sure a couple of pirates will get upset because they paid for a subscription and others because their links are now dead.

    But Uploaders will be notified, find another Hosting Site and upload there.
    Even if you take down all the obviously guilty Content Providers Uploaders will just start making accounts from Content Providers like Amazon S3, Dropbox, Box.net etc... And failing that there is still Torrenting.

    I can understand the importance of standing up against Piracy but Megaupload is one out of a huge array of similar sites.

    Megaupload has been up for a very long time and just imagine the effort they put in to co-ordinate with countries, Investigate and collect evidence. All this effort to take out one site out of hundreds is the wrong way to go.

    Personally I think providing a better service than the pirates will be more effective than what they are doing now.
  23. inventix1136

    inventix1136 TS Rookie Posts: 85   +14

    Trust me, all it takes is ONE file in the cloud that is in violation and that is it. If they can sue and terminate websites like piratebay, which is only storing LINKS to content but not the actual content, then actually STORING the content would be much worse -- regardless of the cloud policy or what the cloud user did.
  24. superphoenix

    superphoenix TS Rookie


    Holy crap. You know what?
    The major leaders are citizens of Germany and Finland, they live in New Zealand, but they are captured just because they violate the US laws.
    This nation is becoming a terrorist now.
  25. Time to get rid of the US Gov by force. They won't listen to the people and do what the people want, then the people will destroy them. This IS the American Way!!

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