Federal prosecutors shut down Megaupload

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  1. Quantum Windbag
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    Will Dropbox be next?

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/20/t...charges-megaupload-site-with-piracy.html?_r=1
     
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    Okay, so what's the point?...
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    If feds can bust Megaupload, why bother with anti-piracy bills?
    January 21, 2012 - A growing battle over copyright on the internet came to a head this week as digital protests scuttled two anti-piracy bills, police arrested Megaupload's millionaire filesharing pirate, and hackers brought down the Department of Justice website.
     
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    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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    very rarely do we need new laws. Most of the time we just need current law better policed.
     
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    Here is something that you might want to think about.

    Megaupload Details Raise Significant Concerns About What DOJ Considers Evidence Of Criminal Behavior | Techdirt

    It seems that some of the things that the DOJ is pointing at to prove that Megaupload is a rogue website were exactly what other courts decided were a way for sights to actually comply with DMCA rules. The fact is that, even if infringement is rampant on the site, the site did everything it could to comply with what the DOJ and the courts determined made other sites guilty of infringing.

    Did the feds tell Megaupload first? No, but I agree they are not required to tell suspects they are under investigation. Did the feds give legitimate users a chance to get their files? No, but they don't care collateral damage. That, by the way, is the one reason cloud storage will never catch on with businesses. If the government determines someone else using the same facility is suspected of something they go in and seize the actual servers, even the ones that are irrelevant to the investigation.
     
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    I think cloud storages are actually starting to catch up..It's a different approach and many ppl and businesses look rather interested..
     
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    by the way, I've been reading recently about this new technology from Audials something that's supposed to be legal in terms of file sharing..it's something new apparently but I don't know many details. Any clue what is it about?
     
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    Cloud storage such as google docs/email is gaining ground quickly.
    For an exchange server using outlook/MS Office the cost per employee is about $200.
    With Google docs...roughly $80 per employee.
    It is a no brainer. Microsoft's CAL's and unnecessary update costs were bound to come to head.

    As for megaupload...of course it was widespread piracy...something that is not going to stop anytime soon as long as cable companies want to charge well in excess of $100 a month for which 90% of that is for channels you never watch.
     
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    Extradition case of Kim Dotcom begins...

    Kim Dotcom, Megaupload colleagues appear in court to face extradition case
    September 21, 2015 - Extradition proceedings have finally begun for Kim Dotcom, the supposed cybercriminal at the center of the U.S. government’s largest-ever online piracy case, but it could be weeks before a New Zealand judge decides whether to send the case stateside.
     

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