The online world did a double take when it was announced that Megaupload had been shut down by the US government, and frontman Kim DotCom was taken into custody in New Zealand. The hacktivist group, Anonymous, went after multiple sites in retaliation to the megaupload take down and as a post protest to SOPA’s blackout day.
Megaupload was shut down and it was alleged that Dotcom and his coherts made off with hundreds of millions of dollars at the expense of recording artsits, movie stars, Hollywood and other creators of content. The funny part about that is a number of those allegedly affected had appeared in ads and in support of megaupload in their years of doing business.
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One of the stories that hasn’t been given the spotlight is the millions of users who actually used megaupload for purely legitimate purposes. Everyone from executives preparing large presentations, to software companies sending beta test and other developing software back and forth counted on megauploads ability to link gigantic files for download. Sure there’s always been FTP but that means someone gets access to someone else’s server.
All of those files are now lost. No one from the government bothered to tell the users of megaupload how to get their stuff back. Let’s just say you were working on a gigantic Android game and sharing the files back and forth with megaupload, well if you hadn’t downloaded the last build from your software partner across the world, before the government pulled the plug, right now you’re screwed.
That’s where advocacy groups like Pirate Parties come in. Pirate Parties is taking inventory of legitimate users of megaupload and the software property they lost after the take down. Pirate Parties is looking for everyone again from people sending presentations back and forth, developers sending their own software back and forth, even families sending raw videos back and forth. Pirate Paties is also looking for artists. A lot of musicians have actually legitimately used Mega to promote their own music, EP’s, albums and music videos.
“For this reason Pirates of Catalonia, in collaboration with Pirate Parties International and other Pirate Parties, have begun investigating these potential breaches of law and will facilitate submission of complaints against the US authorities in as many countries as possible, to ensure a positive and just result.”
The results could be anything from a class action lawsuit, to just getting the government to open megaupload up for those registered users. Whatever the outcome is something needs to be done to get people there files back.
“This initiative is a starting point for legitimate internet users to help defend themselves from the legal abuses promoted by those wishing to aggressively lock away cultural materials for their own financial gain.”
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