Posted in hiphop | music on January 19, 2012

Megaupload

Federal prosecutors in Virginia say they have shut down one of the world's largest Internet file-sharing sites, Megaupload.com, and charged its founder and others with violating piracy laws.

An indictment accuses the company of costing copyright holders more than $500 million in lost revenue from pirated films and other content. -[New York Times]

This strangely/coincidentally/ironically/suspiciously/somethingly comes just one day after more news of Universal being pissed off which was also the same day (yesterday) that the internet protested the related SOPA & PIPA bills (which were somewhat successful in helping that issue).

Megupload is run by, no shit, CEO Swizz Beatz who recently helped create a video promoting the site with testimonials from the likes of Kanye West, Diddy, The Game, Ciara, and Alicia Keys. That video was controversially removed (by Universal) and then put back on YouTube in December (by Google). Universal Music Group and Megaupload are now suing each other, though it looks like that's the least of Megaupload's problems at the moment. Universal says the endorsements were "unauthorized". Watch the video in question below...

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Megaupload Mega Song HD

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Comments (68)

I BET A BUNCH OF THESE LOSER HIPSTERS DOWNLOADED THEIR TITUS ANDRONICUS ALBUMS OFF OF THAT SITE

RIP

Posted by RIP MEGAUPLOAD | January 19, 2012 3:57 PM

^I'm a bigger fan of Mediafire. That's where I got all of my pirated Titus Andronicus albums

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 4:08 PM

i dunno, i get my albums from both.

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 4:08 PM

^ I CAN ALSO WRITE IN ALL CAPS!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 4:09 PM

HIPSTER LOSERS!!!

Posted by LOL | January 19, 2012 4:10 PM

!!!SDRAWKCAB SPAC LLA ETIRW NAC I

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 4:12 PM

i don't waste bandwidth on titus andronicus.

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 4:14 PM

The real founder and CEO is named Kim Dotcom. Can't make that up.

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 4:14 PM

there are literally 50+ other sites just like megaupload that are great. mediafire is the best bc of the zero wait period.

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 4:15 PM

I purchase music with the money that I earn. I am a loser.

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 4:15 PM

Aye me mateys. They'll never stop the pirate revolution.

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 4:15 PM

chumps across the board..

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 4:16 PM

War on Piracy=War on Drugs

A huge waste of tax payers resources. The companies who are for this shut down are most likely still pulling huge profits from their artists, movies, etc.

Posted by Lord Drugss | January 19, 2012 4:21 PM

I preferred megaupload to the other sites because you could view shit before wasting time downloading. Nothing more annoying than downloading a movie and then discovering that it's dubbed in Arabic or something.

But more than anything, the timing of this shut down just looks like a punk ass PR stunt because someone pissed off his benefactors in Hollyweird.

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 4:28 PM

JACUZZI*BOYS
BRUISE*CRUISE
SPIN*DOCTORS
KICKBALL*KATY

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 4:46 PM

Fuck SOPA and Fuck Protect IP. I never agreed with the nitrous mafia aka Occupiers, but if you take away the ability to pirate music I'm going to blow myself up in the standing room only section at a Maroon 5 show.

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 4:50 PM

i'm so mad i broke the caps lock button on my macbook air.

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 4:55 PM

Send me a file--ooo

MEGA UPLOAD

MEGAAAAAAA

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 4:56 PM

Three words: Lana Del Rey.

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 5:03 PM

GOD BLESS MEGAUPLOAD.

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 5:04 PM

I'm totally requesting "MegaUpload Mega Song" at the next James Murphy dj set!

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 5:05 PM

megaupload was definitely the least sketchy.

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 5:06 PM

This is actually kind of frightening.

Despite what looks like failed new legislation, it appears the Fed is trying to establish a precedent that they can shut down whoever the fuck they want if it could POSSIBLY/POTENTIALLY be used to share copyrighted material.

That means bye-bye Facebook, bye-bye Twitter, bye-bye Gmail, bye-bye Youtube, bye-bye internet.

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 5:06 PM

what about the pawno?

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 5:14 PM

If they can do this under existing law, why do they need SOPA/PIPA?

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 5:18 PM

You'll just have rely on your daddy's sticky magazines like people did in the golden olden days.

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 5:19 PM

Fuck big business..First it was wall street now Hollywodd.. all the other facets of communication have been withered away so that the last option is the internet it killed TV and radio.. now that we no longer have options,, we will see the federal government attempting a major clampdown on the last bastion of free speech in this shithole country , i can see a major conflict coming here ,, the feds are going to go to bat for big business people will stand up and fight for this sooner than any fabricated buttfuck "war on terror" bullshit...Universal bit off more than they can chew,, i imagine ATF style raids over downloading ...

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 5:28 PM

5:18: With SOPA/PIPA the Fed gives itself the ability to block ANY URL that may be responsible for "pirating" from US citizens without any real roadblocks or ramifications.

Essentially, the ability to do whatever the fuck they want.

One of the reasons Craigslist is fighting this so diligently is that the makers of Monster Cables have listed them as a suspected pirate site since people can sell "pirated" (read: used) Monster Cables.

This reminds me of the time that asshole Garth Brooks tried to have the buying and selling of used CDs ('cause he lost SO much money) outlawed, but on a much larger and much more nefarious scale.

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 5:32 PM


A hacker has taken down the MPAA site, the RIAA site and the Department of Justice's website. Serious shit going down.

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 5:47 PM

5:47: Anonymous has taken credit for that. I think this is absolutely amazing.

Welcome to the future, motherfuckers.

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 5:51 PM

Universal Music's website is also down.

Go Anonymous!

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 5:58 PM

A working analogy to Megaupload going offline by the Feds is like authorities blocking access and seizing a building because it's full of crackheads. Now, if you live in that neighborhood, you'd be happy about the closed down crackhouses....but it's not really stopping people from doing crack.

They should stop people from doing crack. Maybe all these labels need to count there losses (so soo sooo many loses....) and not be so quick to pull their content libraries during pricing disputes with existing music services (spotify, et al). Also, once shit is leaked - fucking release it digitally to stop the bleeding.

I'm pretty much 95% against record companies and how they operate, but I'm also not in favor with the overwhelming opinion of entitlement from what I see on BV (I'm pretty much 99% against ALL prevalent memes on BV's comment section).

Posted by Devil's Advocate | January 19, 2012 6:01 PM

Not surprising the government is so stupid they are not ready to fight a cyber war ,, the people who have designed the software that makes up the infrustructure of this country/world are going to hack the living shit out of the sites of all those involved .. They are going to have their work cut out for them hopefully the I.R.S site gets it as well..

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 6:12 PM

Look, the entertainment industry is alive and well. There's much, much more music, television, and cinema released now than ever before, and more outlets for this product than ever before, but the rules of distribution and the landscape have drastically changed. I fully believe, and have for some time, that this is purely a control issue, and that the huge entities that are still in control want to keep it that way, but they can't stop progress.

MU isn't solely used as hub for "pirate" material, but they're painting it as such. Plenty of people use MU and its ilk for legal uses. This is just sending a message.

Really, it comes down to this: adapt or die.

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 6:12 PM

I had a job interview at a major label some years ago and I was so annoyed by this exec's stupidity about why sales were declining that I basically sabotaged the interview. (I wasn't all that interested in the job anyway, but was humoring my headhunter.)

Needless to say, I'm of the mind that these big entertainment companies have greed that is only matched by their incompetence and stupidity. But, really, the sense of being entitled to stolen, copyrighted material among a lot of people really is just as appalling. It's so incredibly juvenile.

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 6:17 PM

When music companies charge a more realistic price for a digital product - such as .10 per song and $1 per album - then maybe the buying public will return.

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 6:23 PM

I also (ostensibly) work in the entertainment industry, and I agree with you to a degree that people feel entitled to this stuff, but more than anything, I think these industries need to give people a reason to pay for this stuff, but they shoot themselves in the foot again and again.

I'll admit that I'm as bad as anyone as amassing a huge collection of illegally downloaded stuff, but I also spend an embarrassing percentage of my income going to movies, concerts, buying limited edition vinyl, etc., and statistics have shown that I'm fairly typical (ahem, superfan) in my spending routines.

The issue for most entertainment people, including yourself I assume, is getting young people who are very internet-savvy, and have never established a regime of paying for entertainment to do so, but some things (iTunes singles, Spotify, Netflix) have shown that people are willing to pay if it seems like an approachable bargain to them.

But again, I feel the non-stop persecution of these people will do nothing but chase them away.

Again, adapt or die.


Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 6:30 PM

I wish I could download myself a nice hummus platter.

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 7:53 PM

i have bigger concerns with this 'privatization of the internet' issue. porn. the modern world cannot exist without free porn! men, women, trannies, & genderneutral-ites alike. we've come tooo far, and too long, and too hard to that extensive database of everything you never thought even possible with a bowling pin. FREE TENTACLE-PORN for the masses! i cannot imagine continuing to live w/o this necessity. SAVE THE INTERNET! seriously. my self-love life depends on it

Posted by Pat C. Umster | January 19, 2012 8:06 PM

People, context is king.

The context of this action is clearly seen - yesterday, Obama's big Hollywood donors threatened to withhold their cash for his reelection campaign based upon his stance against the SOPA & PIPA bills. This action, and it's timing, cannot be viewed without context.

Hope And Change? More like Meet The New Boss, More Corrupt Than The Old Boss.

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 8:47 PM

You drink your big champagne and laugh

I wouldn't like to be a flea under your collar man

You can run but you can't hide

You gonna run to the Lord, beggin' to hide you

And I said
Downpresser Man, where you gonna run to?

Bring down the tyranny, November 2012

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 9:17 PM

Jesus, right wingers, get the fuck out of here!

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 9:57 PM

Run and hide, you leftist fuck. Like Ronald Wilson Reagan once said, "Facts are stubborn things".

Your fascist trolling will not keep the people from the truth, you ill informed hack.

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 10:01 PM

Don't be a hater 9:57. It just makes his point more valid.

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 10:04 PM

funny left wingers have to draw lines.
you get the fuck out of here. how 'bout that, hmm?!?

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 10:06 PM

OMG, not this shit again. Bring the political shit to cnn.com, OK? Fucking fuck.

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 10:16 PM

Oh noes! Political comments in a political thread. La la la la I can't hear you! Make the scary right wing person stop expressing his opinion.

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 11:02 PM

shut the fuck up 11:02 and go back to Zuccatti Park with your pinko friends. i think that there's still some free soup left, if you hurry.

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 11:28 PM

Obama to Hollywood - "I'll be yo puppet, just keep that money coming in"

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 11:29 PM

I reckon that 11:02 might have been sarcasm. But I only wrote it, so what do I know?

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 11:44 PM

Buy your music, cheapskates. Then no one will have to worry about shit like this.

Posted by M | January 20, 2012 1:10 AM

adapt of suck my dick fuck face, eat poop. fuck the shit poopers. freedom forever, defy fuck faces.

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2012 4:32 AM

4:32... way to go with he whole "expresssing yrself" bit. kill yr parents. then life'll make complete and wholly rewarding sense.

8:06... wtf? good point, you horny creepy fuck you :)(lets fuck when the internet collapeses)

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2012 4:52 AM

LANA DEL RAY:

Born to die

And you get

To sit and watch yr TV set

believe the lies

before yr eyes

credit cards

and

apple pie


(or was that....)

Posted by face tatts... | January 20, 2012 5:03 AM

I'm confused, Paz de la Huerta is NOT lana del ray? I think my dae never wants to see me again cux of my error. hipsters, please educate me! also, collagens will get more dick right?

Posted by Thaddeus H. Umpster | January 20, 2012 5:15 AM

Good Work ! This action, and it's timing, cannot be viewed without context. Thanks for Sharing !

Posted by Aeronaves | January 20, 2012 7:09 AM

Man, I'm sick of weirdo Jersey Republicans at Brooklyn Vegan.

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2012 9:39 AM

I'm sick of hipster douchebags, people that aren't from NYC posing like they are New Yorkers, Zuccatti anarchist fucks, and flaccid smarmy liberals in general.

So, welcome 9:39!

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2012 9:54 AM

Ron Paul looking better every day... hope and change.

Posted by jimh | January 20, 2012 10:53 AM

All the Ron Paul supporters I've ever met have this weird look in their eyes, and exhibit paranoid delusional tendencies. You pretty much have to be mentally ill to believe that Ron Paul is an electable option.

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2012 11:06 AM

I find it a shame that Ron Paul can be so liberatingly correct about some of his points and so dangerously errant about others.

Because of this, I understand the confusion many feel around the approaching 2012 presidential election.

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2012 11:26 AM

Occupy the INTERNET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2012 1:10 PM

4:50 PM wins the internets for the day.

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2012 2:44 PM

Ron Paul is the only candidate who isn't owned by lobbyists and big banks. Do your research...

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2012 2:57 PM

The argument of Ron Paul being "unelectable" is strange. The same thing was said about a black man, and also the same thing was said about Lincoln. When people vote, presidents get elected... It's pretty simple.

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2012 3:07 PM

Ron Paul loves pork

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2012 3:08 PM

^ Actually Ron Paul is a hummus eating man.

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2012 3:10 PM

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