Tuesday, 31 January 2012 09:37

Fallout from the MegaUpload Takedown Starts to Hit

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Jollyroger-1Unless you have been under a rock for the past few months you know that the big media companies have been pushing the copyright laws quite heavily. A pair of very dangerous laws call the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA) were just dropped (for now) on after a very large Internet protest that ended up with many major sites blacking out for the day. We were also involved in that protest as the vague wording of the law was terrifying to say the least.

Even though SOPA and PIPA have been shelved for now, that has not stopped the industry from moving forward with their own brand of justice. After involving the US Federal Bureau of Investigation, Interpol and the Authorities in New Zealand; costing the tax payers tens of thousands of dollars (if not more) the media Cartels managed to bring down the site MegaUpload and its affiliates. This move has brought even more outrage against the US copyright lobby as many legal users of the site are now without their data.

As of this writing subscribers to the site with legally owned or original content may lose that data forever as the FBI is talking about wiping the servers soon. In response to this there has been uproar from the Pirate Parties in many countries. They are gathering together a list of people affected (people with legal claim to the data that was on the servers) and are putting together an official complaint against the US authorities.

“For this reason Pirates of Catalonia, in collaboration with Pirate Parties International and other Pirate Parties, have begun investigating these potential breaches of law and will facilitate submission of complaints against the US authorities in as many countries as possible, to ensure a positive and just result.”

“This initiative is a starting point for legitimate internet users to help defend themselves from the legal abuses promoted by those wishing to aggressively lock away cultural materials for their own financial gain.”

This is only the first shots in what could become a very ugly war for the FBI and the US Media Cartels. Their desperate efforts to cling to and entrench an outdated business model are only hurting them in the long run. We will be following this one very closely and will let you know how it all turns out.

Source TorrentFreak

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