McLEAN, Virginia (AP) — Federal prosecutors have shut down one of the world's largest file-sharing sites, Megaupload.com, and charged its founder and others with violating piracy laws.

The indictment accuses the company of costing copyright holders more than $500 million in lost revenue from pirated films and other content. The indictment was unsealed Thursday, one day after websites shut down in protest of two congressional proposals intended to thwart the online piracy of copyrighted movies and TV programs.

Megaupload.com has claimed it is diligent in responding to complaints about pirated material.

The indictment says at one point, Megaupload was the 13th most popular website in the world.

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Prayer circle for Mediafire
  • RustyEight

    There are supposed to be laws that protect companies that host 3rd party content from this kind of action.
  • dobi

    prayer circle is fucking right.
  • Who is Ryan C.

    dobi said:prayer circle is fucking right.


  • bmoore

    hopefully the feds watch this and decide to let it continue
  • DrowningDesign

    4 of the employees that have been 'locked down' by the US Feds are from New Zealand. How the fuck does that happen?
    Our government is fucked up enough as it is without the need for the US government interfering as well.
  • TRIBE

    shits about to get real.
  • bmoore

    Hollywood executives are the President's biggest donors for his campaign and after his stance on SOPA, he needed to do something to show them he is fighting piracy. This is all speculation...
  • DOOOM

    Pffftt! Kimble will sort em' out!
  • RobotTiger

    it's weird because I'm actually very nervous right now
  • justinryan

    I don't know how likely that is, supposedly this has been in the works for a while now.

    Either way - RIP megaupload. I'm going to miss using you.. for completely legitimate legal transfers of files that I own full copyright to, I mean.
  • Who is Ryan C.

    RobotTiger said:if mediafire dies i'm 100% gonna kill myself

    It better not shut down before Lana's album leaks
  • bmoore

    justinryan said:I don't know how likely that is, supposedly this has been in the works for a while now.

    Either way - RIP megaupload. I'm going to miss using you.. for completely legitimate legal transfers of files that I own full copyright to, I mean.

    yeah I'm sure it has, hard to pull an worldwide bust in a matter of days. I do think he felt he had to show Hollywood that he is against piracy with some sort of action and this is it. I guess this is what happens when Swizz Beats is your CEO...
  • WillDaBeast

  • treycook

    Lol, like this is going to do anything. Mediafire is just going to take its place. Then Dropbox, Rapidshare, etc etc.
  • treycook

    WillDaBeast said:http://www.cinemablend.com/games/Nintendo-Sony-Stop-Supporting-SOPA-Anonymous-Threats-38195.html

    Shit is getting even more real

    This is what we actually need Anonymous for. They are doing the world some good, after all.
  • TRIBE

    treycook said:Lol, like this is going to do anything. Mediafire is just going to take its place. Then Dropbox, Rapidshare, etc etc.

    They are going to get shut down too. It's just a matter of time.
  • MylesB

    I wonder what Steve Jobs would have to say about all this
  • Sam Weinberg

    MylesB said:I wonder what Steve Jobs would have to say about all this

    Because of the fact he was an executive at Pixar, I doubt he'd oppose SOPA.

    Some serious shit is about to go down.
  • William Henry

    bmoore said:Hollywood executives are the President's biggest donors for his campaign and after his stance on SOPA, he needed to do something to show them he is fighting piracy. This is all speculation...

    Is anybody else outraged that they basically admit to trying to bribe the president? They are basically saying that they are going to stop giving him money because he didn't do exactly what they wanted.
  • RobotTiger

    William Henry said:
    bmoore said:Hollywood executives are the President's biggest donors for his campaign and after his stance on SOPA, he needed to do something to show them he is fighting piracy. This is all speculation...

    Is anybody else outraged that they basically admit to trying to bribe the president? They are basically saying that they are going to stop giving him money because he didn't do exactly what they wanted.
  • TheUTee

  • labyrinth

    William Henry said:
    bmoore said:Hollywood executives are the President's biggest donors for his campaign and after his stance on SOPA, he needed to do something to show them he is fighting piracy. This is all speculation...

    Is anybody else outraged that they basically admit to trying to bribe the president? They are basically saying that they are going to stop giving him money because he didn't do exactly what they wanted.

    It's absurd, but that's how large corporations get what they want and it's been going on for a very long time. Gasoline companies and other huge super rich companies have been doing it for a long time.
  • ShineOn

  • RustyEight

    ShineOn said:

    Well that didn't take long
  • William Henry

    labyrinth said:
    William Henry said:
    bmoore said:Hollywood executives are the President's biggest donors for his campaign and after his stance on SOPA, he needed to do something to show them he is fighting piracy. This is all speculation...

    Is anybody else outraged that they basically admit to trying to bribe the president? They are basically saying that they are going to stop giving him money because he didn't do exactly what they wanted.

    It's absurd, but that's how large corporations get what they want and it's been going on for a very long time. Gasoline companies and other huge super rich companies have been doing it for a long time.

    I know thats how it works, but I can't remember any companies being so blatant about it.
  • Sam Weinberg

  • meltmybones

    RIAA and MPAA sites also taken down by anonymous
  • Adhesive Hippo

  • lonelykidsclub

    sammyboyswag said:Wise words: http://maddox.xmission.com/
  • jonas art

    TheUTee said:Anonymous took down the department of justice website.
    http://thenextweb.com/insider/2012/01/19/anonymous-takes-down-doj-website-in-response-to-megaupload-case/

    it's payback time...
  • Craig Robson

    lonelykidsclub said:
    sammyboyswag said:Wise words: http://maddox.xmission.com/

    this is great and made me have to switch my paradigm, im not buying sony records this year for sure.
  • TONY MIDI

    OMG T,T

  • A.Merkison

    The "anonymous report" of companies no longer supporting SOPA(especially in Sony's case, as they have been pretty much against it for the last....2 months or so, openly) is hilarious. It honestly sounds like Anonymous sends in reports saying shit like this just to act like they're a bigger part of the world than they actually are.
  • chad manzo

    shit just got real.

    http://pastebin.com/WEydcBVV
  • Perception Apparel

    chad manzo said:shit just got real.

    http://pastebin.com/WEydcBVV

    Holy Shit
  • A.Merkison

    Sooooooo...they post a bunch of PUBLIC record information, and feel like that's an achievement? They would have done better to just end their retarded message with the list of sites they "took down"(read-DoS attacks).
  • Lmerrill

    U mad?
  • A.Merkison

    Lmerrill said:U mad?

    At what? I just think people suck off Anonymous for god knows what reason, when they're not actually doing anything to be helpful. Taking down a website doesn't do anything(except for maybe pissing off the person you are screwing with, which would make them more likely to press HARDER on whatever legislation they're trying to pass), nor does attacking banks that the 99% use(taking down Bank of America does nothing to harm the 1%...the 1% DO NOT BANK THERE, it does however cause the banks to levy stricter rules on their customers--the 99%).

    And posting public records isn't an achievement. They are, afterall, public.
  • Shrimp Sauce

    A.Merkison said:
    Lmerrill said:U mad?

    At what? I just think people suck off Anonymous for god knows what reason, when they're not actually doing anything to be helpful. Taking down a website doesn't do anything(except for maybe pissing off the person you are screwing with, which would make them more likely to press HARDER on whatever legislation they're trying to pass), nor does attacking banks that the 99% use(taking down Bank of America does nothing to harm the 1%...the 1% DO NOT BANK THERE, it does however cause the banks to levy stricter rules on their customers--the 99%).

    And posting public records isn't an achievement. They are, afterall, public.

    U mad though?
  • WillDaBeast

    Shrimp Sauce said:
    A.Merkison said:
    Lmerrill said:U mad?

    At what? I just think people suck off Anonymous for god knows what reason, when they're not actually doing anything to be helpful. Taking down a website doesn't do anything(except for maybe pissing off the person you are screwing with, which would make them more likely to press HARDER on whatever legislation they're trying to pass), nor does attacking banks that the 99% use(taking down Bank of America does nothing to harm the 1%...the 1% DO NOT BANK THERE, it does however cause the banks to levy stricter rules on their customers--the 99%).

    And posting public records isn't an achievement. They are, afterall, public.

    U mad though?

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