US Department of Justice shut down MegaUpload

The United States Department of Justice has taken MegaUpload.com down. Founder Kim Dotcom, also known as Kim Schmitz, and 3 MegaUpload executives were arrested in Auckland, New Zealand at the request of US government under provisional arrest warrants. About 70 police, some armed, raided 10 properties and seized millions of dollars worth of assets.

Not sure if the DOJ have a case here. After all, MegaUpload is just a tool. They aren’t the ones who uploaded pirated materials on their site. It’s their users. MegaUpload might be protected by Safe Harbor.
And it is ridiculous to shut down the entire site just because people are using them for piracy. There are also legitimate files like Creative Commons and Open Source stuff on MegaUpload. Is it fair to shut down the service completely?
In response to the take down, hacker group Anonymous retaliated by attacking DOJ, RIAA, MPAA and Universal Music websites. Some of the websites were unaccessable during the attack.
Now, if only US Department of Justice spend more time and effort cracking down hackers, their site won’t be taken down today. In fact, it would be good if DOJ spend more time and effort on far more important stuff like Malware, Hacking, Identity Theft, Online Privacy etc….

2 comments

  1. I think Megaupload.com was a great idea. I think they main problem they had was there was no distinction between what was legally uploaded to share and could be passed around and what was illegally posted to share and what was passed around. They were walking a thin line with the government.

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