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Megaupload, one of the internet's largest file-sharing sites, has been shut down by officials in the US.

The site's founders have been charged with violating piracy laws.

Federal prosecutors have accused it of costing copyright holders more than $500m (£320m) in lost revenue. The firm says it was diligent in responding to complaints about pirated material.

The news came a day after anti-piracy law protests, but investigators said they were ordered two weeks ago.

The US Justice Department said that Megaupload's two co-founders Kim Dotcom, formerly known as Kim Schmitz, and Mathias Ortmann were arrested in Auckland, New Zealand along with two other employees of the business at the request of US officials. It added that three other defendants were still at large.

"This action is among the largest criminal copyright cases ever brought by the United States and directly targets the misuse of a public content storage and distribution site to commit and facilitate intellectual property crime," said a statement posted on its website.

Third-party sites

The charges included copyright infringement, conspiracies to commit racketeering, copyright infringement and money laundering.

A federal court in Virginia ordered that 18 domain names associated with the Hong Kong-based firm be seized.

The Justice Department said that more than 20 search warrants had been executed in nine countries, and that approximately $50m in assets had been seized.

It claimed that the accused had pursued a business model designed to promote the uploading of copyrighted works.

"The conspirators allegedly paid users whom they specifically knew uploaded infringing content and publicised their links to users throughout the world," a statement said.

"By actively supporting the use of third-party linking sites to publicise infringing content, the conspirators did not need to publicise such content on the Megaupload site.

"Instead, the indictment alleges that the conspirators manipulated the perception of content available on their servers by not providing a public search function on the Megaupload site and by not including popular infringing content on the publicly available lists of top content downloaded by its users."

Before it was shut down the site posted a statement saying the allegations against it were "grotesquely overblown".

"The fact is that the vast majority of Mega's internet traffic is legitimate, and we are here to stay," it added.

"If the content industry would like to take advantage of our popularity, we are happy to enter into a dialogue. We have some good ideas. Please get in touch."

Blackouts

The announcement came a day after thousands of websites took part in a "blackout" to protest against the Stop Online Piracy Act (Sopa) and the Protect Intellectual Property Act (Pipa).

The US Chamber of Commerce has defended the proposed laws saying that enforcement agencies "lack the tools" to effectively apply existing intellectual property laws to the digital world.

Industry watchers suggest this latest move may feed into the wider debate.

"Neither of the bills are close to being passed - they need further revision. But it appears that officials are able to use existing tools to go after a business alleged to be inducing piracy," said Gartner's media distribution expert Mike McGuire.

"It begs the question that if you can find and arrest people who are suspected to be involved in piracy using existing laws, then why introduce further regulations which are US-only and potentially damaging."

http://www.bbc.co.uk...nology-16642369

You could say this is the start of SOPA in a way, this is the sort of thing we'll see everyday. Strangely, I only downloaded something there a few hours ago. Its not connecting now, but not sure if thats cause of this news, everyone is going to see whats on there now.

Rapidshare will be next!

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I once heard a radio host say "Download what you can now, cause tomorrow there may not be that option". I think its good advice.

They seem to know what to go for. Instead of hunting down and taking forums posting links of downloads, they are going straight for the hosting of content. A lot quicker and easier, and you are right, they will take out ftp torrent sites soon.

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There are dozens of other file sharing sites, and more will come up. Good luck taking all of them down. They've been going after piratebay for years, and it is still up and working. I'm pretty sure bottles of champagne were opened way back when they killed napster, thinking they won a major battle and all will be well from there forward. Did not work out the way they wanted. Meanwhile I have no option to buy the new episodes of my favourite tv series that are not even showed in my country, or if they are they are often half a year/a year late and usually badly dubbed. They fail to realise that it's the users, all the people online, whom they have to win over, for as long there is a demand for file sharing and the internet is still open, there will be ways for file sharing. Don Quixote and windmills come to my mind...

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R.I.P Megaupload

Let us have 72 minutes of silence, followed by a 30 minute waiting period before we can continue our mourning.

:laugh2:::clap2:: Unless you pay, then you can mourn multiple times over a short period...

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usually watch series/films through icefilms but since megaupload went down they have replaced all the links with rapidshare and they have now limited it so free users cant really buffer their stuff, annoying really!

What other sites are there that stream series and that in HD/HQ?

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Just be careful fellas

This is not a warez/torrent/P2P site. Persons who attempt to distribute copyrighted video material (downloadable or on actual storage media, content that you do not own the copyright to) via this site will be banned immediately.

It isn't that the site is against it, but adding links like that could get us in the sh*t. A guy got banned the other day for adding Pirate Bay torrent, it seriously could get us shut down!

Nobody can help what you guys PM to each other though.

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Just be careful fellas

It isn't that the site is against it, but adding links like that could get us in the sh*t. A guy got banned the other day for adding Pirate Bay torrent, it seriously could get us shut down!

Nobody can help what you guys PM to each other though.

Oohh, subtle mod, very subtle :biggrin:

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