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Federal prosecutors have shut down one of the world's largest file-sharing sites, Megaupload.com, on charges of violating piracy laws -- a day after a 24-hour blackout of popular websites such as Wikipedia drew national attention to the issue.


"This action is among the largest criminal copyright cases ever brought by the United States," the Justice department said in a statement about the indictment.

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ESA Drops SOPA Support, Video Game Lobby Laments Bill’s ‘Unintended Consequences’



The Entertainment Software Association no longer supports the Stop Online Piracy Act, the controversial anti-piracy bill that was shelved earlier today in the House of Representatives after a week of fierce online protests.

The people who bring us E3 simply don't want to bring us SOPA anymore. The bill's got problems, they say.

"From the beginning, ESA has been committed to the passage of balanced legislation to address the illegal theft of intellectual property found on foreign rogue sites," the group said in a statement. "Although the need to address this pervasive threat to our industry's creative investment remains, concerns have been expressed about unintended consequences stemming from the current legislative proposals. Accordingly, we call upon Congress, the Obama Administration, and stakeholders to refocus their energies on producing a solution that effectively balances both creative and technology interests. As an industry of innovators and creators, we understand the importance of both technological innovation and content protection and are committed to working with all parties to encourage a balanced solution."

The video game lobbying group, which is funded by most of the world's biggest video game publishers, had come under sharp criticism for its refusal to disavow the proposed bills. Critics said SOPA and its Senate counter-part, the Protect IP Act, would stifle online speech and potentially ruin message board, video-streaming and even some online games that are rich with user-generated content that might involve unlicensed copyrights.

Earlier this month, the ESA issued a statement that said that "we support the House and Senate proposals" to achieve the objective of battling "rogue websites..devoted to profiting from their blatant illegal piracy." Those two proposals, SOPA and PIPA, are on indefinite hold this week and are essentially dead.

The ESA had spent as much as $190,000 lobbying this past spring and summer for PIPA, the also-now-shelved Senate version of SOPA.

As Senators, Congresspeople and even some companies flipped their positions from yay to nay on SOPA and PIPA these past couple of weeks, the ESA remained mum. Their presumed continued support led to calls for a press and developer boycott of E3, the huge annual trade event in Los Angeles that is used to show off the biggest and best new video games and systems from Nintendo, Sony, Microsoft, EA, Activision and most of the rest of the giants of video games.




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Want to know the REAL REASON on why MegaUpload was taken down. How about this one and what it would have meant for the RIAA and MPAA


Why was MegaUpload really shut down?


In December of 2011, just weeks before the takedown, Digital Music News reported on something new that the creators of #Megaupload were about to unroll. Something that would rock the music industry to its core. (http://goo.gl/A7wUZ)


I present to you... MegaBox. MegaBox was going to be an alternative music store that was entirely cloud-based and offered artists a better money-making opportunity than they would get with any record label.


"UMG knows that we are going to compete with them via our own music venture called Megabox.com, a site that will soon allow artists to sell their creations directly to consumers while allowing artists to keep 90 percent of earnings," MegaUpload founder Kim 'Dotcom' Schmitz told Torrentfreak


Not only did they plan on allowing artists to keep 90% of their earnings on songs that they sold, they wanted to pay them for songs they let users download for free.


"We have a solution called the Megakey that will allow artists to earn income from users who download music for free," Dotcom outlined. "Yes that's right, we will pay artists even for free downloads. The Megakey business model has been tested with over a million users and it works."






So a USA based corporation felt threatned by this and ordered the US Law Enforcement to go after these people. Go against any mega US corporation and this is what will happen.



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even though the us citizens have managed to postpone SOPA something else and possibly even worse is already in the making since a few years ago over here in europe and finally creeps up to its final stages with careful preparations to keep it under the radar of the public opinion.


already tried to bring attention to it for a while on different occasions and sites but since i see the SOPA topic in here id like to take the opportunity to bring it to your attention in here too.


for anyone who doesnt know what im talking about. ACTA or "Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement" has been in the making for ~4 years now. most of which was in total secrecy for one reason or the other. pleads to inform the public about the details on this have been denied.


as i dont want to influence you one or the other way i just would like to advise you to search for a explanation to it via your favorite search engine.

in any case if you were interested in SOPA i can guarantee you this is a must read for you and i advise you very much to read up on it.

as the dismissal or enactment of this is ultimately up to the european parliament its up to each and every eu member to act. and even if you cant influence it directly or dont want to sign a petition its still important to inform as much other people as possible about whats going on without their knowledge.


for your convenience id also like to post two important and informative links for the german readers in here:



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And he's back with another Mega site coming in January:




Dotcom just uploaded several screenshots to Twitter showing the Mega service, his planned successor the Megaupload service.


The new screens show the ultrasecure, 2048-bit encryption that will secure files sent to the servers, which will be hosted at the New Zealand-based domain Mega.co.nz, the Next Web reportedexternal-link.png.

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