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Old 20-01-2012, 05:40 AM   #1
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Default Megaupload gets shutdown.

US Justice Department, and ICE have taken down Megaupload:

From wikipedia:
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On January 19, 2012, Federal prosecutors in Virginia closed down Megaupload and laid charges against its founder Kim Dotcom and others for allegedly breaching copyright infringement laws.
Acting upon a US Federal prosector's request, New Zealand police arrested Dotcom and three other Megaupload executives near Auckland on Friday, 20 January (NZDT, UTC+13).
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http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/201...cted-shuttered
http://www.techdirt.com/articles/201...sopapipa.shtml

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Mods please fix thread title to "Megaupload gets shutdown."

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Old 20-01-2012, 07:01 AM   #2
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I dislike that it's been shutdown, but damn if the owners aren't shady and gross.

Aside from that this really sucks as a precendent.

EDIT: No posting of any "new" megaupload "replacement" links in this thread. They are a scam, you are being scammed, enjoy your viruses and god knows what else.
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Old 20-01-2012, 07:22 AM   #3
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Kinda stupid of them to be in New Zealand what with it's good relations with the USA. Similar thing happened to the Pirate Bay owners, but they didn't even own the site any more...or maybe they did, they at least seemed not to.

Megaupload is like Rapidshare though isn't it? A hosting site? They should be covered by Safe Haven status (they get contacted told that someone has put up copyrighted material they pull it and let the user and the claimer sort it out) I am not in the mood for actually reading the links so what is it they have actually been charged with?

Before anyone gets on their little horse, this has nothing to do with SOPA or PIPA and will be using the current, legal DMCA.
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Old 20-01-2012, 07:42 AM   #4
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More coverage:
http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2012/J...2-crm-074.html
http://gizmodo.com/5877612/feds-kill-megaupload
http://www.cbsatlanta.com/story/1655...haring-website

And yes, I DO think those charges are way off the mark.

Anonymous does not approve:
http://thenextweb.com/insider/2012/0...gaupload-case/
http://www.washingtonpost.com/busine...RBQ_story.html
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Old 20-01-2012, 07:56 AM   #5
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I reccomend reading the actual indictment http://www.scribd.com/doc/78786408/M...ctment#page=30

Anonymous might do better to pick better poster children. I'm more concerned about what this means for other file storage sites than Megaupload, I mean seriously, I don't feel comfortable trying to claim the moral highground over that site.
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Old 20-01-2012, 08:11 AM   #6
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Anonymous playing Internet Vigilante is only gonna make things worse. Especially when its true that Megaupload seems to have done lot of shady things and yes, its a good place for piracy. Even if there are legal stuff there, majority of it is piracy and thats kind of difficult to protect by moral standards.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/20/te...racy.html?_r=1

Im not shedding a tear for this one
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Old 20-01-2012, 08:25 AM   #7
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I just pulled a muscle from agreeing with you so hard
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Old 20-01-2012, 08:29 AM   #8
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I have about 0 care that they have gone down. It seems that they have done and dealt in some highly dodgy things and didn't do anything to protect themselves. Leasing servers in the US was just about as dumb as you can get.

And going berserk and DoSing everything is not going to help us at all.
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Old 20-01-2012, 08:59 AM   #9
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Isn't it so that a few of the ISO cellar uploads were uploaded there?

Those will be gone now for sure.
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Old 20-01-2012, 09:28 AM   #10
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We will have to check. The links should be removed even if they are dead I think.
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