MegaUpload and MegaVideo – gone but not forgotten…

Posted: January 19, 2012 in News, Politics, Social Media, Video
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Whilst the internet is swamped by protests against SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and Pipa (Protect Intellectual Property Act) including a 24 blackout by information provider Wikipedia and a damning statement by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, it seems that internet piracy is still being heavily cracked down on, claiming its first victim.

"unlimited access"?? No more.

Today it was revealed that Kim Dotcom, the founder of online media sharing sites MegaUpload and Megavideo, has been arrested by federal prosecutors in Virginia.

Dotcom and three others were arrested on charges of copyright infringement, racketeering and money laundering. According to the Department of Justice MegaUpload has “caused the entertainment industries more than $500 million in lost revenue and generated $175 million “in criminal proceeds.” ”

This action has clearly set a ominous precedent for the future repercussions of SOPA and PIPA. If you want to keep the internet a free and open information source then make sure you do your bit and sign one of the many petitions flying about.

Read more about the arrest of Kim Dotcom here.

  1. fluffrick says:

    I think the two issues are a bit different, to be honest.

    Kim Dotcom is not a particularly pleasant human being and MegaUpload DID host a metric ton of pirated content without doing much to stop people uploading music, tv shows and films which they didn’t own. He was good at making a lot of money of advertising and premium memberships and boasting about his perceived outlaw status, but I don’t think that if he ends up behind bars the world will be the poorer for it.

    I think Hollywood needs to get a clue and work out that people don’t have the patience to put up with arbitrary region locks and other B.S. tactics which prevent people from paying to watch their product legally. If the big studios actually wanted to do something positive, they could well have an iTunes-style platform in place which solves lots of problems for their mainstream, non tech-savvy audience who just want to watch films and telly programmes.

    But, you know, that would make sense, so it’s never going to happen.

    • I totally agree.

      The two issues are very different and I would certainly never champion the cause of Dotcom. Thing is, most online media sharing sites do not function through legitimate means which means that unfortunately (for the millions of users at least), that this arrest and subsequent closing of sites has ominous implications on them.

      Maybe piracy is not right, and perhaps it is single-handedly destroying creative media production industries, but no one wants to pay for something that has been free for a long time – unless there is an efficient replacement. Of course there are paid-for alternatives like Netflix and Spotify though.

      Clearly the impact of SOPA and PIPA extends far beyond the closing of illegal media sites, perhaps posing a potential threat to the likes of us bloggers in the future by cracking down on user generated content.

  2. […] So, file-hosting, ‘digital locker’ site MegaUpload has been shut down by the Feds and smart people are worried about the implications of that. […]

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