CYBER WAR: Feds Shut Down File-Sharing Site; No Trial, No Due Process...

Discussion in 'Politics' started by paulitician, Jan 20, 2012.

  1. paulitician

    paulitician Platinum Member Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2011
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    And so it begins. Can the Government/Corporate Complex be stopped? Doesn't look like it.

    The US government has closed down one of the world's largest filesharing websites, accusing its founders of racketeering, money laundering and presiding over "massive" online piracy.

    According to prosecutors, Megaupload illegally cheated copyright holders out of $500m in revenue as part of a criminal enterprise spanning five years.

    A lawyer for Megaupload told the Guardian it would "vigorously" defend itself against the charges, dismissing the criminal action as "a civil case in disguise".

    News of the indictment – being framed as one of the biggest copyright cases in US history – came a day after major internet firms held a 24-hour protest over proposed anti-piracy laws.

    According to a Department of Justice release, seven people associated with Megaupload were indicted by a federal grand jury earlier this month over the charges

    hour protest over proposed anti-piracy laws.

    According to a Department of Justice release, seven people associated with Megaupload were indicted by a federal grand jury earlier this month over the charges.

    They included Kim Dotcom, founder of the online firm.

    The 37-year-old, who also goes by Kim Tim Jim Vestor and whose real name is Kim Schmitz, is accused of heading up a criminal venture that earn Dotcom and his associates upwards of $175m.

    These profits were obtained illegally through advertising and the selling of premium memberships to users of Megaupload, the justice department is claiming.

    Established in 2005, the website offered a "one-click" upload, providing an easily accessible online locker for shared content.

    Before being shut down, the firm boasted 50 million daily visitors, accounting for 4% of total internet traffic, the justice department claimed in its statement on the indictment.

    Prosecutors allege that the website violated copyright law by illegally hosting movies, music and TV shows on a massive scale.

    Those behind the website have claimed that it diligently responds to any complaint regarding pirated material.

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  2. waltky

    waltky Wise ol' monkey Supporting Member

    Feb 6, 2011
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    Okolona, KY
    Gov't. says MU supports piracy...
    US files charges against Megaupload in 'largest copyright case'
    January 20, 2012 - US prosecutors say that the video-sharing site cost the US entertainment industry $500 million. Online activists worry the US case could stifle Internet freedoms around the world.
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    US lawmakers switch sides on anti-piracy bills
    Jan 20, 2012, Some members of the US Congress switched sides to oppose antipiracy legislation as protests blanketed the internet on Wednesday, turning Wikipedia dark and putting black slashes on Google and other sites as if they had been censored.
  3. ladyliberal

    ladyliberal Progressive Princess

    Aug 5, 2011
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    as I said in another thread...

    I'm conflicted about Megaupload. It seems clear that a substantial part of their business was facilitating the violation of copyright. However, it's not clear that they themselves were in violation of the law. Certainly, many of their customers are entirely innocent, and now find themselves grossly inconvenienced.

    I'm curious as to what warning the US government gave Megaupload. If this attack came without due warning then I feel Megaupload was treated unfairly. Certainly their customers were treated unfairly, being given no warning before being deprived of their files. It looks as though the government may have acted capriciously in their haste to demonstrate their effectiveness as SOPA faltered.

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