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Tuesday, January 24th, 2012SUGGEST NEWS

The MegaUpload Dude
Posted by: Nebuchadnezzar on January 24th, 2012 @ 4:38PM
  • 1/24 - Megaupload founder denied bail as US seeks extradition

    Bump: Nebu: (from Surelog): The Real Reason why Megaupload was shut down: MegaUpload Is Now Launching a Music Service Called MegaBox...

    I could link to a thousand stories on this guy. Here are a few:

    Link to the HUGE 72-page Indictment
    Autorities complete "Dotcom" Search
    Founder of Shuttered file-sharing sight sought the Limelight
    MegaUpload Founder's License plates included: 'GOD' 'POLICE' 'GUILTY'
    The Best Worst Photos of 'DOTCOM'

    Where to begin with this whole story? It's all out of a terrible sequel to the Facebook Movie. I don't see how this guy and the people he affiliated himself with are going to be able to fight the charges. They seemingly OPENLY supported piracy/copyright infringement. The money laundering stuff, too? Forget about it. They even got the cops in his own country (New Zealand) to cooperate. They were out to make an example.

    I love how this guy also proves the maxim: Chicks will tolerate almost any gnarly-looking guy if he's loaded. DOTCOM was an absolute troll, but was always around tons of chicks. I'm sure some of them had to bang him, right? Haha

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    Wootah
    non-leet

    January 20th, 2012 @ 5:45PM

    Registered:
    2003-05-16
    Location:
    Utah
    Posts: 1609
    I think there comes a point when you come to the realization that anything that can be digitally produced can be digitally reproduced and therefore shared. This wouldn't be a problem IF the kinds of entertainment people wanted to consume were in a format that cannot be replicated digitally (think anything outdoors, anything intoxicating, or your good ol' fashion star trek holo deck).

    Up until recently ( the last 50 years ) all these forms of art were also unshareable, and therefore priced FAR above things that were not. Thoughts, slogans, and ideas might be patented, trademarked, or copyrighted, but you could share them freely without getting charged. Even as intellectual property, you are free to share them, just not make money off them.

    We are at the intersection of the old model and the new 'obvious' model. Many artists willingly distribute their stuff freely, and and sell things like performances instead (Gaga on YT for example). Others acknowledge the inevitability of people sharing this stuff and just ask that people honor the old model if possible (Notch and Minecraft for example).

    To me, the most interesting discussion isn't just about the legality and reasoning behind the sharing, but the concept of mass distribution. When I was in grade school, I remember reading snippets from techies predicting that storage would grow so much every single person could have an entire cope of everything in the library of congress on their keychain. Yeah right, what about copryight?

    Mega Upload made so much money by filling a tremendous gap in terms of facilitating mass distribution while letting stuff slide. You can share files with google docs... Mass distribute if you will but I imagine that google would break any infringing links upon request and gladly hand you over to authorities. The reason that megaupload made so much money was because it was illegal. If you take away the illegality and megauploads willingness to look the other way, lots of sites could have competed in just raw storage and distribution. Still... this just means something else will move into take the place, because the demand is there.
    hardcore puppy
    Marine

    January 20th, 2012 @ 6:18PM

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    California
    Posts: 292
    This is why people who are very successful in something illegal should quit once they made enough money....
    Wootah
    non-leet

    January 20th, 2012 @ 6:43PM

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    Posts: 1609
    Yeah he should have sold it.
    Hammer
    General

    January 21st, 2012 @ 4:49AM

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    @ Wootah

    Greed is a powerful thing.
    cobsteele02
    Marine

    January 24th, 2012 @ 1:00PM

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    Location:
    O'Fallon Missouri USA
    Posts: 709
    I don't know if it is just wealth Nebu. I know of a lot of broke bums (mostly friend's relatives) that you just scratch your head as to why they get women. They have no money, are ugly, and can't hold a steady job. Yet women flock to them in hordes.

    I always assume drugs. But then if they were drug dealers they would have money. I don't get it.
    m0rb0
    Op

    January 24th, 2012 @ 1:16PM

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    Location:
    San Antonio, TX.
    Posts: 511
    That model he proposes is brilliant. Want to talk conspiracies? Any chance RIAA/MPAA put pressure on the DoJ to shut them down because his idea would have revolutionized MP3's? MegaUpload might have been a threat?

    Wonder if we will ever get that now that the whole staff is being prosecuted.
    SourGrapes
    Peon

    January 24th, 2012 @ 8:08PM

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    So that`s what this is all about. I hated that site anyway and every dick that used it to make me dl a file there (not even anything illegal either haha).
    Hammer
    General

    January 24th, 2012 @ 8:58PM

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    I sadly have to admit i didn't follow Mega Upload too closely and am not wholly in a position to postulate here.

    Overall, I have to agree with m0rb0 that this whole thing has the ring of money being used to "entice" actions the RIAA / MPAA may have wanted.

    The incidents here just seemed to have moved to fast and had too much negative spin to believe that many persons involved in bringing down Mega Upload weren't heavily on the take.

    The scary take away from this is the mafia style justice being employed here.


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