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RIP Megaupload:

Luke 18:10-12, 14 (NIV)

I think your signature has the parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector, except that you skipped verse 13, which says that "the tax collector stood off at a distance and would not even raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast and prayed, 'Lord, be merciful to me a sinner.'"

edited 19th Mar '12 9:29:42 PM by Angeldeb82

I think that using BIBLE VERSE against MEDIA MOGUL is not very effective...
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 503 Cassie, Tue, 20th Mar '12 7:30:41 AM from Malaysia, but where?
The armored raven
That aside, anyone knows when Kim Dotcom finally launch the trial to sue his false charges?
What profit is it to a man, when he gains his money, but loses his internet? Anonymous 16:26 I believe...
"Not crazy, just weird."
Meanwhile in scamming news

http://torrentfreak.com/criminals-target-megaupload-users-with-fake-settlement-demands-120321/

Also, an interesting article regarding the MPAA

http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/03/mpaa-megaupload-user-litigatio/

When the story was originally released, the newswriters believed that this meant that the MPAA was going to use the data of the Megaupload users to sue them. However, the MPAA has come out and said that they are not interested in going after the individual file sharers (keep in mind, there are 66 million). To quote the article "the studios are not intending on suing individual users, but are considering suing Megaupload or other “entities involved."

So, it doesn't appear that they will go after anyone that used Megaupload but rather use the user data to show the courts that Megaupload is a site commonly used for copyright infringment against Kim, similar to what they did with Limewire and similar sites.

In the meantime, the company that hosts the servers itself is starting to lose money daily so they really want to delete the data.

http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/hefty-bill-megauploads-frozen-data-rm-114181

This whole ordeal is absolutely fascinating to me.

Update:

Kim's internet access has been renewed and he is preparing to release a. . . music album. . .odd:

http://torrentfreak.com/kim-dotcom-back-online-prepares-to-release-music-album-120402/

The MPAA has also made it clear that they also plan to go after other file-sharing sites

http://torrentfreak.com/mpaa-targets-fileserve-mediafire-wupload-putlocker-and-depositfiles-120331/

edited 2nd Apr '12 2:04:47 PM by primeyandereheika

"Fate rarely comes upon us at a moment of our choosing."
"Not crazy, just weird."
Bit of an update

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57413693-93/judge-wants-megaupload-user-data-preserved-for-time-being/

Damn this thread is dead. You'd think it get a bit more fan fare

edited 13th Apr '12 9:42:16 AM by primeyandereheika

"Fate rarely comes upon us at a moment of our choosing."
 506 Karkadinn, Fri, 13th Apr '12 9:51:17 AM from New Orleans, Louisiana
Karkadinn
While this is something a lot of people feel strongly about on both sides, I'm not sure if there's a whole lot to say that hasn't already been said, is all. I'd love to see Megaupload win since they've complied with the law as much as is practical, but, well, most sites and services in their situation have not fared so hot. If it falls, then we'll just switch to the next thing, because we still need a place to store our files, whether legal or illegal. And then the next thing will get sued. And so on, ad infinitum.

What this really says to me is that Cloud-based data storage is still a no-go, though. Why would you put all your data on something that could be seized by the courts arbitrarily? We have the technology, more or less, but our legal structure has not caught up enough to make it safe to use it.

edited 13th Apr '12 9:52:32 AM by Karkadinn

Furthermore, I think Guantanamo must be destroyed.
 507 Kyler Thatch, Fri, 13th Apr '12 12:15:19 PM Relationship Status: Don't hug me; I'm scared
literary masochist
What this really says to me is that Cloud-based data storage is still a no-go, though. Why would you put all your data on something that could be seized by the courts arbitrarily?
I may be misunderstanding how the cloud works, but wouldn't the nature of cloud-based storage make it harder?
I don't care, I'm still free
You can't take the sky from me
This sort of action makes cloud computing less viable, yes, but the more people use cloud computing, the more of a huge deal it would become when it is threatened by legal action.
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 509 Karkadinn, Sat, 14th Apr '12 12:30:37 PM from New Orleans, Louisiana
Karkadinn
I may be misunderstanding how the cloud works, but wouldn't the nature of cloud-based storage make it harder?

Harder than what? Assuming that you're not engaged in anything especially eyebrow-raising, they're more likely to shut down a centralized source of data storage, of which you are just one of countless users, than they are to confiscate your personal computer.

Not really counting on safety in numbers. Almost everyone I know has downloaded an mp3, but that hasn't stopped the RIAA from picking and choosing their targets as they please.

edited 14th Apr '12 12:31:40 PM by Karkadinn

Furthermore, I think Guantanamo must be destroyed.
I want Kat's glasses!
The problem is that "the Cloud" is not actually something decentralized like the name suggests.
They Called Me Mad!! I decided to show them all; but when I looked on my works, oh mighty, I despaired: for it made me realize they were right.
 511 Tangent 128, Sun, 15th Apr '12 4:29:45 PM from Virginia Relationship Status: I LOVE THIS DOCTOR!
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Whenever somebody says "the cloud" read "on a rented server somewhere".

It's a marketing invention, not a new kind of network architecture. It does in fact increase data centralization from a legal perspective.
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 512 Kyler Thatch, Sun, 15th Apr '12 10:19:51 PM Relationship Status: Don't hug me; I'm scared
literary masochist
I stand corrected.
I don't care, I'm still free
You can't take the sky from me
I want Kat's glasses!
An actual "cloud storage" would be storing an encrypted file on a peer-to-peer network (and somehow having people download and seed the file despite is being useless without the key).
They Called Me Mad!! I decided to show them all; but when I looked on my works, oh mighty, I despaired: for it made me realize they were right.
"Not crazy, just weird."
Bombshell today

http://torrentfreak.com/megaupload-trial-may-never-happen-judge-says-120420/
"Fate rarely comes upon us at a moment of our choosing."
Autistic Metalhead
Considering all the stupid mistakes the US justice department made during all of this, I'm not surprised. Expect the entertainment industry to scream bloody murder about this.

 516 Marq FJA, Fri, 20th Apr '12 4:31:52 PM from Saudi Arabia Relationship Status: Shipping fictional characters
O' Allah, save Egypt
.... So there's a good chance that Megaupload will not only "win the case" by default, but also get compensation for what so far appears to amount to illegal seizure and freezing of assets, unlawful abuse of power on part of the governments involved in said seizure/freezing, and the resultant massive loss of revenues incurred from said seizure/freezing? Should I laugh my ass off at this hilariously horrendous blunder? Screw it, I think I will. <laughs his ass off>

edited 20th Apr '12 4:32:48 PM by MarqFJA

Ash-shaʻb yurīd isqāṭ ḥukm al-ʻaskar
And nobody at all was surprised that corporate interests tried to subvert the rule of law and instead ended up causing the FBI to make the most hilariously high profile blunder ever.

edited 20th Apr '12 4:35:31 PM by Midgetsnowman

Going Forth!
Euo will do!
[up] Part of me wants to smile. The other? Dope-slap.

Mind you, it's slightly positive in one thing: the next time the FBI (or any other part of the US government) feels like just reaching into another jurisdiction, maybe they'll think a little better how to work within it. And, pigs will fly...

I still don't understand this attitude that no other country can deal with anything (or have the right to, it seems, sometimes) attitude they seem to have. <sighs>

edited 20th Apr '12 4:45:31 PM by Euodiachloris

"When all else failed, she tried being reasonable." ~ Pratchett, Johnny and the Bomb
[up] It's a superiority complex. Have you ever spoken to an FBI agent? I've had to work with a few. It's practically a job requirement.

I don't like megaupload one bit, but I'll be glad if this serious miscarriage of justice gets dropped and the company properly compensated. More likely, it'll just get dropped and the FBI will find a way to worm out of compensating them.

edited 20th Apr '12 4:40:53 PM by Vehudur

The road to hell is paved with good intentions.
 520 Octo, Fri, 20th Apr '12 4:45:09 PM from Germany
Prince of Dorne
and the company properly compensated
That'll be the day... I could well see how the damages for them are in the tens of millions. Would the USA compensate that much? Plus personal compensation to Kim Dotcom?
Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken.

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 521 Marq FJA, Fri, 20th Apr '12 4:46:08 PM from Saudi Arabia Relationship Status: Shipping fictional characters
O' Allah, save Egypt
Here's to hoping that this debacle leads to a breaking court decision that enshrines considerable rights to transnational companies, like a less-overreaching form of what the Seretch and Shiawase Decisions did in Shadowrun.

[up][up] You worked with FBI agents? What, are you a police officer or something like that?

edited 20th Apr '12 4:46:18 PM by MarqFJA

Ash-shaʻb yurīd isqāṭ ḥukm al-ʻaskar
 522 Octo, Fri, 20th Apr '12 4:48:36 PM from Germany
Prince of Dorne
Aren't we like four years too late for Seretech anyway?tongue
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[up][up][up] Like I said, I can say with near certainty the FBI will find a way to weasel out of compensating them.

[up][up] We can only hope. Also, I don't wish to share that.

[up] You just epically ninjaed me. Insert slow clap here.

edited 20th Apr '12 4:49:52 PM by Vehudur

The road to hell is paved with good intentions.
 524 Marq FJA, Fri, 20th Apr '12 4:56:47 PM from Saudi Arabia Relationship Status: Shipping fictional characters
O' Allah, save Egypt
[up] Fair enough. Must be a confidentiality clause or somesuch. Totally respect that, as long as nothing too heinous gets hidden by it. smile

[up][up] A late blooming flower can be the prettiest of all flowers, you know. That's what Mulan taught me. wink

edited 20th Apr '12 4:58:03 PM by MarqFJA

Ash-shaʻb yurīd isqāṭ ḥukm al-ʻaskar
 525 Cassie, Sat, 21st Apr '12 2:48:08 AM from Malaysia, but where?
The armored raven
It is a good thing I'm not a premium member, and only a sign up only member of Megaupload. I can certainly feel the would-have fury I'd be seething with had I paid to Megaupload only for THIS to happen this year.

And like what Kim said, Megaupload is functionally destroyed and may never be back the way it was before. Hosted anime got taken down along with FILES I HAD HOSTED THERE AS MY BACKUP. The people responsible for this take down will rue the day they commited this atrocity
What profit is it to a man, when he gains his money, but loses his internet? Anonymous 16:26 I believe...
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