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Megaupload.com closed

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Bram Hengeveld, Jan 19, 2012.

  1. Bram Hengeveld

    Bram Hengeveld
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    The Justice Department has indicted seven individuals and two companies behind the popular file sharing website Megaupload.com which has been touted by stars will.i.am, Kim Kardashian and Puff Daddy.

    The indictment alleges that the website and a shell company associated with the website, Vestor Limited, caused an estimated half-billion dollars in copyright losses and made an estimated $175 million in proceeds.
    The website was established in 2005 and at one point ranked as the 13th most visited website on the Internet.

    The feds indicted the site's founder, Kim Dotcom, aka Kim Schmitz, a 37-year-old resident of Hong Kong and New Zealand. He was arrested in New Zealand by New Zealand authorities.

    Full story here

    Hopefully people now understand why we have a no illegal content policy at our own site.
     
  2. Kyle Puttifer

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    Wow.
    Stupid SOPA and PIPA. Megaupload will be the first of many, and it won't be just file-sharing sites. Google, Facebook, Twitter are just a few examples which would be forced to shut down.
     
  3. Bradley Vanian

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    The war has just begun.
     
  4. Bram Hengeveld

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    /George W. Bush Voice: The War on Terrabytes
     
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  5. Hampus Andersson

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    Has the laws even passed?
     
  6. Bram Hengeveld

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    You don't need a SOPA law to stop sites sharing illegal content
     
  7. Kyle Puttifer

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    I think it's safe to say that if this law is passed (and doesn't apply to just the US) then t**p*****b**.org (self-censored) will be the first target. Youtube will also be quick to go, although there is already a fascist group known as WMG censoring a lot of videos, which has been going on for years.
    In a matter of months the entire internet will be destroyed. A wonderful British creation destroyed by a bunch of mindless removed from the USA.

    modedit: no need to swear
     
  8. Hampus Andersson

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    Maybe not in USA but in Sweden they do ;) Piratebay is running just fine here hehe :p

    I doubt any of the laws will pass to be honest. You can´t fight the internet and these laws breaks the fundamental things the internet stands for.
     
  9. Bradley Vanian

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    I forgot about TPB. I actually hate TPB. Even though they are very similar to Megaupload. Megaupload try to be nicer unlike TPB which even sells it self as hoting Illegal Software, Files, etc. File Sharing will go down the pan soon, the main one goes and the rest have nowhere to go.
     
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  11. Hampus Andersson

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    [​IMG]

    The face of the devil. Don´t get fooled by the smirk on his face. That´s Politics 101 right there..
     
  12. Marcel vd Aa

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    In The Netherlands a judge ordered 2 relatively large ISP's to block access to TPB and more will follow... So censorship is here...@#$%@$!!!!!
     
  13. Kyle Puttifer

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    SOPA/PIPA?
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    Then they take down the website for the fascist group UMG. LOL
     
  14. Manuel De Samaniego

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    Man, never tought this could get that bad, interesting to see what anonymous will keep doing.
     
  15. Bram Hengeveld

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    Because people stand up for their rights they are fascists? You can agree or disagree with SOPA/PIPA or whatever its called but you cannot call people fascists only because they are copyright holder for goods they have paid for to create.

    Do a wiki search on fascists and maybe you understand why you should not use such words in this context.
     
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  16. Raido

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    There's a difference between shutting down all-pirate sites and sites that also carry a lot of perfectly legit content. That includes Megaupload, TPB, Mediafire, etc etc etc.

    If cash-carrying organisations start to shut down every site that has *some* content they don't want up there, (and that includes YOUR hard drive, especially if it's in 'the cloud'), there won't be much left of a free Internet. Hello, capitalist China.
     
  17. Hampus Andersson

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    Apparently not since they did close down Megaupload.
     
  18. Steve Pearce

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    The annoying part is that instead of taking down the illegal content, which when asked they have done almsot instantly, theyve taken the whole site down, along with all of the perfectly legal stuff. rFactor mods, freeware flight sim planes/scenery, everything gone. And a lot of it may well not come back if the makers have moved on!!!
     
  19. KS95

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    Anonymous actually had took the fbi.gov website down. I see they've just come back online..
     
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