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Megaupload shut down

Postby Menacing Spike » Thu Jan 19, 2012 10:10 pm UTC

http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/tech/news/a ... cials.html

Can't even connect directly to their IP.

What's next, google?

Much better post there: viewtopic.php?f=9&t=79780
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Re: Megaupload shut down

Postby lucrezaborgia » Thu Jan 19, 2012 10:13 pm UTC

No surprise there. They are a major pirating site.

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Re: Megaupload shut down

Postby Aaeriele » Thu Jan 19, 2012 10:20 pm UTC

This should probably be in N&A, no?
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Re: Megaupload shut down

Postby Zarq » Thu Jan 19, 2012 10:21 pm UTC

There is one in N&A. I can't post this there though:

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Re: Megaupload shut down

Postby Noc » Thu Jan 19, 2012 10:30 pm UTC

Aaeriele wrote:This should probably be in N&A, no?

Already is!
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Re: Megaupload shut down

Postby meridian » Fri Jan 20, 2012 3:11 am UTC

MegaUpload was majorly profiting from it, though. Their rates were ridiculous.


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Re: Megaupload shut down

Postby big boss » Fri Jan 20, 2012 8:21 am UTC

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Re: Megaupload shut down

Postby elminster » Sat Jan 21, 2012 6:31 pm UTC

This is a surprisingly big deal considering they were among the top 3 file hosting sites for pirated material. Having skim read through the 72 page legal document about it, it seems like they've tried to pin as many things as they could... but got bored. It's as if they were like "Well, there's more than a hundred points, but more would be a bit pointless".
Really, I think they're kinda of screwed, but I really can't see much coming from it given that essentially they're targeting such a broad area. The legal document mentioned many cases which the owners themselves promoted pirating (Biggest I saw was the attempt to 1:1 copy youtubes video archive).

The thing is, essentially megaupload has very few physical business assets. Almost everything was rented, other payment platforms were used, etc. So all they really owned that was of substantial value was digital (domain names, links, the software platform they used to run it). Besides the particular incidents noted in the document, which can easily be avoided, there isn't really much they can say.

Question really is, what's the minimum amount of effort towards fighting piracy these kind of businesses can get away with? You can programmatically analyse music/videos and potentially software, but most of it can be masked and even if it's taken down, it's re-uploaded. If this type of business shows reasonable effort to combat it, you can't directly prosecute them without attacking the foundations of file hosting.
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Re: Megaupload shut down

Postby You, sir, name? » Sat Jan 21, 2012 7:09 pm UTC

They were making money off self-hosted copyright infringing (and otherwise illegal) content. There are non-shady alternatives for pretty much any sort of file you might want to host (source code, self-written software, images, home made music, home made videos, self-written books, and so forth). The only thing that remains -- and likely the main category of content on sites like this is the stuff that you can't host out in the open, that is, stuff that infringes copyright, child porn, extremist manifestos/manuals, and so forth. They knew full and well they were doing this, and they made no effort to stop it. This is the sort of site that should be cracked down on.
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Re: Megaupload shut down

Postby Zarq » Sat Jan 21, 2012 7:23 pm UTC

You, sir, name? wrote:There are non-shady alternatives for pretty much any sort of file you might want to host (source code, self-written software, images, home made music, home made videos, self-written books, and so forth).


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Re: Megaupload shut down

Postby You, sir, name? » Sat Jan 21, 2012 7:45 pm UTC

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You, sir, name? wrote:There are non-shady alternatives for pretty much any sort of file you might want to host (source code, self-written software, images, home made music, home made videos, self-written books, and so forth).


Free?


Why, yes. Only catch is that you actually have to hold the copyright of what you're uploading. And most code hosts, wikimedia commons and archive.org require certain licensing. You can usually get away with CC-BY-NC-ND, which really doesn't give up a lot of rights.

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Re: Megaupload shut down

Postby Microscopic cog » Sat Jan 21, 2012 7:47 pm UTC

Don't forget Dropbox, which is free to a certain limit. (2G I think)
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Re: Megaupload shut down

Postby Zarq » Sat Jan 21, 2012 7:49 pm UTC

Dropbox has very limited bandwidth.
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Re: Megaupload shut down

Postby Weeks » Sat Jan 21, 2012 7:59 pm UTC

Depending on your definition of shady, I know a couple: [REMOVED]

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