Megaupload Shut Down, 6 Arrests.

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  • INSOMANiAC 19 Jan 2012 20:10:57 3,829 posts
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    Who needs SOPA? it's already in action!
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-16642369

    To be fair, it was amazing it went as long as it did, basically hosting pirate material.

    Edited by INSOMANiAC at 20:11:51 19-01-2012

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  • ecureuil 19 Jan 2012 20:12:44 76,530 posts
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    What about the other 500 sites that are basically the exact same thing?
  • Dirtbox 19 Jan 2012 20:12:56 77,480 posts
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    Oh man, that's pretty shit.

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  • dominalien 19 Jan 2012 20:14:35 6,839 posts
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    Nothing. They'll concentrate on the one, like they did with thepiratebay, make a high-profile case out of it (successful or not, doesn't matter) and the rest will operate in peace until the time for the next big action comes again.

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  • INSOMANiAC 19 Jan 2012 20:15:03 3,829 posts
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    Well Megaupload was allegedly the 13th most used site in the world at one point so I'm guessing they've gone afte the big boys to try and scare the others.

    I suspect sites like 'Veetle' may be next for the axe

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  • Dirtbox 19 Jan 2012 20:16:21 77,480 posts
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    Turns out that some super well respected hiphop producer was the head of MU.

    http://www.factmag.com/2012/01/19/swizz-beats-is-the-ceo-of-megaupload/

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  • Deleted user 19 January 2012 20:16:27
    @ecu - Too much trouble to attack all the small ones, focus on the big names. Reason fr SOPA
  • INSOMANiAC 19 Jan 2012 20:17:31 3,829 posts
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    He must have made a few quid, that place was riddled from head to toe with Ads and pop ups

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  • WoodenSpoon 19 Jan 2012 20:17:37 12,279 posts
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    All the other ones seem to have terrible speeds though, megaupload was always reliable. :(
  • ecureuil 19 Jan 2012 20:18:59 76,530 posts
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    There will always be something new.

    Might as well have kept Napster running, for all the good shutting it down did. They're pissing in to the wind.
  • Aretak 19 Jan 2012 20:19:05 10,346 posts
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    Wow... that really sucks, actually. MU was the best file hosting site out there, free of most of the stupid limitations sites like Rapidshare place on free users.
  • Dirtbox 19 Jan 2012 20:20:45 77,480 posts
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    Ah fuck, I had a load of legit stuff hosted on there, including my modded up version of Elite 3 and a pack of essential apps for when I'm setting up a new PC.

    Arse.

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  • Syrette 19 Jan 2012 20:22:43 43,108 posts
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    Dirtbox wrote:
    Turns out that some super well respected hiphop producer was the head of MU.

    http://www.factmag.com/2012/01/19/swizz-beats-is-the-ceo-of-megaupload/
    Explains how they managed to get those artists together for that song.

  • INSOMANiAC 19 Jan 2012 20:23:09 3,829 posts
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    I occasionally downloaded niche animal porn from there.

    Squirrel arse.

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  • Khanivor 19 Jan 2012 20:26:10 40,402 posts
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    Can't say I'm surprised or pissed off. They were hosting fucking loads of pirated material. TBH, I'm amazed that these types of sites aren't taken down more frequently as they don't have the excuse of not hosting the material like a torrent site does.
  • Syrette 19 Jan 2012 20:28:33 43,108 posts
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    Khanivor wrote:
    Can't say I'm surprised or pissed off. They were hosting fucking loads of pirated material. TBH, I'm amazed that these types of sites aren't taken down more frequently as they don't have the excuse of not hosting the material like a torrent site does.
    It's not like they screen/know exactly what gets uploaded though, and they take down copyrighted material if the label or whoever get in touch with them.

    Plenty of people use them for legitimate things.

  • Aretak 19 Jan 2012 20:30:20 10,346 posts
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    Khanivor wrote:
    Can't say I'm surprised or pissed off. They were hosting fucking loads of pirated material.
    As does and as will any similar site now or in the future. Are you saying that there shouldn't be any sites where people can upload files at all? And if not, what can such sites possibly do when people are uploading passworded RAR files, other than remove them if someone reports them?
  • HisDudness 19 Jan 2012 20:30:27 957 posts
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    That sucks. Megavideo was great for streaming on the PS3 browser.
  • FWB 19 Jan 2012 20:30:38 43,876 posts
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    Does all of this mean one can bring down a gun manufacturer when some nutter goes on a rampage?
  • Khanivor 19 Jan 2012 20:30:44 40,402 posts
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    Perhaps they should have screened things. Then, of course, much of their business would have evaporated...
  • Aretak 19 Jan 2012 20:34:34 10,346 posts
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    Khanivor wrote:
    Perhaps they should have screened things. Then, of course, much of their business would have evaporated...
    Again, how are they supposed to screen RAR files that are inaccessible without the password? You can't even look inside of them, let alone extract them.
  • Dirtbox 19 Jan 2012 20:36:28 77,480 posts
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    You can see what the contents is without a password.

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  • RedSparrows 19 Jan 2012 20:37:29 22,071 posts
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    As long as mediafire stays, gravy.
  • MrDigital 19 Jan 2012 20:37:50 1,866 posts
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    I'm curious how easily the US managed to shut it down and arrest these people. It's a Hong Kong based business, and those involved lived in New Zealand, but the FBI were able to swiftly arrest these people and shut down the site, as opposed to just having it blocked to certain people.

    Very impressive, and slightly scary at the same time...

    Edited by Geesh at 20:38:30 19-01-2012

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  • Aretak 19 Jan 2012 20:40:58 10,346 posts
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    Dirtbox wrote:
    You can see what the contents is without a password.
    Nah, there's a checkbox you can tick in WinRAR to hide the contents too, making you enter the password before it'll let you look inside.

    /edit/ Not that everybody uses it of course, but it's a click away for anyone.

    Edited by Aretak at 20:41:36 19-01-2012
  • FWB 19 Jan 2012 20:43:05 43,876 posts
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    Whether you agree with guys hosting or not, it is horrific that the US is arresting these individuals. If countries want to support these crackdowns then they should be chasing these people down themselves. To allow the Americans to operate beyond their borders in this way is pretty fucking scary.
  • Dirtbox 19 Jan 2012 20:44:00 77,480 posts
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    Aretak wrote:
    Dirtbox wrote:
    You can see what the contents is without a password.
    Nah, there's a checkbox you can tick in WinRAR to hide the contents too, making you enter the password before it'll let you look inside.

    /edit/ Not that everybody uses it of course, but it's a click away for anyone.
    7zip.

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  • Dirtbox 19 Jan 2012 20:45:02 77,480 posts
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    FWB wrote:
    Whether you agree with guys hosting or not, it is horrific that the US is arresting these individuals. If countries want to support these crackdowns then they should be chasing these people down themselves. To allow the Americans to operate beyond their borders in this way is pretty fucking scary.
    It's draconian and it's turning into a mindless witch hunt.

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  • Khanivor 19 Jan 2012 20:45:45 40,402 posts
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    Of course you can find examples which give a hosting site an excuse but hardly any pirated material I've ever downloaded required a password. I'm sure they could make a reasonabel argument concerning encrypted files but it's gonna be harder to explain away something like Call.Of.Duty.4.rar
  • Machetazo 19 Jan 2012 20:48:09 6,372 posts
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    dominalien wrote:
    Nothing. They'll concentrate on the one, like they did with thepiratebay, make a high-profile case out of it (successful or not, doesn't matter) and the rest will operate in peace until the time for the next big action comes again.
    THIS...Will, also mess the modding scene up no end. That type of archives are regularly stores for things when their creators move on, or no longer choose to directly support them, they can still be obtained by posting a link to there. Hope for back-ups, but that's a shame that's directly stifling creativity and expression/support of gaming media, incidentally.

    Edited by Machetazo at 20:49:41 19-01-2012
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