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Popular file-sharing website Megaupload shut down
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2012/01/19/national/a113757S64.DTL ^

Posted on 01/19/2012 5:59:33 PM PST by chessplayer

One of the world's most popular file-sharing sites was shuttered Thursday, and its founder and several company officials were accused of facilitating millions of illegal downloads of films, music and other content.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: sopa; sourcetitlenoturl
See what obama can do when he puts his mind to it? 5% of the largest communication network in human history has been eradicated just like that. All the stuff people had stored on it, and paid to store it, gone, just like that.
1 posted on 01/19/2012 5:59:40 PM PST by chessplayer
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To: chessplayer

Wonder what would happen if all these companies got together and created another Lightsquared, launch a satellite into space for the internet, buy an island and run servers from there thereby becoming untouchable.


2 posted on 01/19/2012 6:03:18 PM PST by Para-Ord.45
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To: chessplayer
It's back up under a different url now.

The DOJ and FBI websites, however, are still hosed in retaliation. Along with a bunch of stuff like RIAA and record labels.

What a cluster....

/johnny

3 posted on 01/19/2012 6:03:35 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: chessplayer

Will YouSendIt be next?

Will the servers farms in the U.S. face an exodus of customers?


4 posted on 01/19/2012 6:05:30 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati)
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To: chessplayer
I'm using Tweetdeck to watch commentary on the GOP debate in one column, and Anonymous in another. It's surreal.

Then there's this:

Joe Biden went trolling through Silicon Valley looking for campaign funds a day after the Blackout!

http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20120119/00492717468/joe-biden-picked-interesting-day-to-raise-money-silicon-valley.shtml

The DOJ.gov site is down via DDoS attack, supposedly by Anonymous. It's almost funny...they admit experiencing a "degradation in service." Yes, since Holder and Obama moved in!

5 posted on 01/19/2012 6:06:03 PM PST by Kieri (The Conservatrarian)
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To: chessplayer

If they had heeded the notices sent under the Millennium Copyright Act and removed stolen material that other people worked hard on to create, then they’d still be in business. Reputable Internet sites remove copyrighted material immediately when notified by the copyright holder.

My family’s bread and butter comes from copyrighted novels. How do you think it feels when your morning Google alert contains a subject line “DOWNLOAD *****’s LATEST BOOK FOR FREE!” and you know that thousands of people are going to take advantage of that, rather than paying for something you own?

This has nothing to do with Obama or liberals. There’s a reason we have copyright laws and patents. This problem is identical to Napster or the Chinese mas manufacture of American movies on DVD and smuggled into the country. Good riddance. I hope they shut down as many of these scumbags as possible.


6 posted on 01/19/2012 6:10:51 PM PST by ElkGroveDan (My tagline is in the shop.)
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To: chessplayer
With Obama in office, we've lost a lot of our freedom.

Then they may as well shut down YouTube, Vimeo, Flickr, Photobucket, and all other upload sites of any form because people are able to upload files of which they might not own the copyrights.

7 posted on 01/19/2012 6:12:53 PM PST by RobinMasters
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To: ElkGroveDan
then they’d still be in business.

They are still in business. FBI and DOJ are still down.

Raw force isn't going to fix this.

/johnny

8 posted on 01/19/2012 6:13:27 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper
Raw force isn't going to fix this.


9 posted on 01/19/2012 6:46:52 PM PST by null and void (Day 1094 of America's ObamaVacation from reality [Heroes aren't made, Frank, they're cornered...])
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To: ElkGroveDan

Just goes to show that we don’t need SOPA, the current laws already in place are sufficient.


10 posted on 01/19/2012 6:49:41 PM PST by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: chessplayer

Shut down with due process.

One would be nuts to start a tech business in the US.

All it takes is a few Union reps or Hollywood liberal to shut you down.

I am moving all my stuff offshore.


11 posted on 01/19/2012 7:00:36 PM PST by NoLibZone (Buffet proves calls for more taxes is to buy votes,not reduce deficits.He pays less than Bush rates.)
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To: Jeff Chandler
"Will the servers farms in the U.S. face an exodus of customers?"

Soros et all already bought up the trunk lines!

12 posted on 01/19/2012 7:02:33 PM PST by NoLibZone (Buffet proves calls for more taxes is to buy votes,not reduce deficits.He pays less than Bush rates.)
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To: NoLibZone

I know someone who personally set up kickasstorrents. They changed their domain names so many times it’s now based in the PH.


13 posted on 01/19/2012 7:39:01 PM PST by max americana (Buttcrack Obama is an idiot)
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To: chessplayer

Yes. Well. I hope you were also complaining loudly when the regime shuttered millions of people’s accounts when the king shut down the internet poker sites too.


14 posted on 01/19/2012 7:59:49 PM PST by battletank
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To: dfwgator
Just goes to show that we don’t need SOPA, the current laws already in place are sufficient.

We don't need SOPA, that's for sure. However additional tools are necessary to shut down the online pirates. I takes way too long to stop them and by then individual authors take a beating on book sales (as one example).

15 posted on 01/19/2012 8:21:11 PM PST by ElkGroveDan (My tagline is in the shop.)
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To: ElkGroveDan
My family’s bread and butter comes from copyrighted novels. How do you think it feels when your morning Google alert contains a subject line “DOWNLOAD *****’s LATEST BOOK FOR FREE!” and you know that thousands of people are going to take advantage of that, rather than paying for something you own?

The problem is, they are taking down the paying customers as well. There is a lot of legimitate content there, and those that have paid for that content are now screwed. It is throwing the baby out with the bathwater, and while I realize our Justice Department is not too bright, they should have used a more intelligent approach than this.
16 posted on 01/19/2012 8:22:31 PM PST by microgood
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To: chessplayer

We successfully defeated Spam (You all remember Bush’s ‘Can Spam’ legislation, don’t you? And yes, that was the name!) so now we can turn on the “pirates”. Government serving the people.


17 posted on 01/19/2012 8:24:13 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: chessplayer

Never heard of them.


18 posted on 01/19/2012 8:26:46 PM PST by Randy Larsen (God bless you Pam, You made us happy even though you were in great pain!)
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To: chessplayer

The sad part of this is that the same site was used at one time by lots of people for legal transfers. The Minecraft people used to use it for map transfers for example.


19 posted on 01/19/2012 8:40:39 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: microgood
The problem is, they are taking down the paying customers as well.

That is the fault of the company for repeatedly ignoring the complaints submitted under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Believe me they knew what was going on and repeatedly chose to ignore the complaints from copyright holders and authorities.

20 posted on 01/19/2012 9:03:50 PM PST by ElkGroveDan (My tagline is in the shop.)
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21 posted on 01/19/2012 9:14:30 PM PST by RedMDer (Forward With Confidence!)
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To: ElkGroveDan
That is the fault of the company for repeatedly ignoring the complaints submitted under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

The company is at fault for what you say, But they are 0% responsible for the idiotic actions of the Federal Justice Department. They can only be held account for what they do, not someone else.

If Wells Fargo Bank laundered money for some drug dealers and the Justice Department seized all the assets of everyone who had an account with the bank, I guess the Feds could argue that was Wells Fargo's fault that the government seized all the assets of honest customers, but it would not be correct.

Each person is responsible for their own actions, and cannot be held account for the actions of others that claim that whatever they do response to those actions is justified. If that were true, they could have dropped a bomb on Auckland, NZ and claimed it was the company's fault for stealing content.
22 posted on 01/19/2012 9:27:45 PM PST by microgood
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To: chessplayer

It is the responsibility of the property owner to defend his property. It is the responsibility of society to defend the property of individuals, but this responsibility has limits. It is not the responsibility of society to protect the property of individuals to an extent that requires the destruction of other individual’s property and freedom.

People should not expect to make money at the expense of the rest of society, unless they are providing equitable value in return.

The RIAA can go get screwed.


23 posted on 01/19/2012 10:04:59 PM PST by Born to Conserve
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To: Born to Conserve

I just wonder, why were the possessions of the executives seized? I mean, the execs weren’t just arrested, but they were subjected to their property being seized and taken away. Unless they are druglords, that is completely unneccesary.


24 posted on 01/21/2012 7:09:52 AM PST by Niuhuru (The Internet is the digital AIDS; adapting and successfully destroying the MSM host.)
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