And the Copyright Infringement Hunt Begins…
You probably already heard about SOPA/PIPA and the whole debate around it, right? Last Wednesday it was a really interesting day on the Internet, probably representing the biggest online activism movement ever, with all major online companies and websites protesting against the bills.
The movement was pretty successful, with many senators reversing their stance on the SOPA/PIPA bills, and making it much harder to get them approved now (i.e., the Internet folks won the first battle of the war).
The day after, however, another blow stroke. The founders and key employees of the site MegaUpload.com (no direct link, to play on the safe side…) were all arrested (in New Zealand), and the domain name was seized by the FBI. The reason was alleged copyright infringement, racketeering and money laundering.
According to Google MegaUpload was the 90th most popular website in the world, with 34 million unique visitors per month. The owners were making millions with it. If you visit the site now you’ll see the following message:
It’s the first time I have seen something like this with such a huge website online.
Will there be more sites following? I am not sure, but it sure will be interesting to watch what will happen over the coming months.
8 Responses to “And the Copyright Infringement Hunt Begins…”
Filesonic did not let me download from here in the US.
It says I can only upload and retrieve my own personal files.
Leif G.S. Notae
…And it isn’t as though SOPA is dead, it is on the backburner under another name now. It is targeted to stop child porn from being viewed, but there are a lot more clauses in the bill that can blacklist any site they would chose.
Hate to sound conspiracy theorist here, but those in power always hate freedom since it allows you to see who and what they really are.
That’s no conspiracy theory, Leif. The internet represents the greatest threat to totalitarianism we have ever seen. There is a war against the internet by these criminals for this reason and they need to called out for what they are. And that includes the thugs who control the U.S. government.
Ganesh J. Acharya
The step taken by FBI is appropriate, some people take years doing things the right way and some just wait for the right opportunity to steal them.
i wonder how people will react if they shut down redtube.com
it could start world war 3
Craig S. Kiessling
I, like most, have been watching this to see where it goes. Thanks for sharing. It’ll be interesting to see “how far” this goes and how much they invest in its ongoing activity.
If I was making millions like Kim I too will change my last name to dotcom lol
90th most popular website
34 million unique visitors per month
4 % internet Traffic
Now everything Gone
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