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Evening Legal Briefs

26. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Jan 20, 2012, 09:10 Beamer
zirik wrote on Jan 20, 2012, 08:07:
Beamer wrote on Jan 20, 2012, 07:54:
I think pretty much everyone can agree that Megauploads profits were almost exclusively at the expense of content creators.

youtube did the same thing and is still in the business of violating copyright laws. there seems to be a double standard for american companies versus overseas. i can still find pay per view fights and how to jailbreak videos for any electronic device complete with download links on youtube. yet the feds dont take down their business like megaupload.

But this isn't true. For one, YouTube works hard to prevent this and works with companies to get their content down. For another, they don't brag about being pirates. Lastly, even legislators think that clips, which is what YouTube mostly is, it's full content, which YouTube spends millions avoiding, is the issue.

From the great Ars article:
Indeed, the government points to numerous internal e-mails and chat logs from employees showing that they were aware of copyrighted material on the site and even shared it with each other. Because of this, the government says that the site does not qualify for a “safe harbor” of the kind that protected YouTube from Viacom's $1 billion lawsuit.

This wasn't them snatching a domain. This was them arresting people they felt were criminals. Why did they feel they were criminals?

As for the site's employees, they were paid lavishly and they spent lavishly. Even the graphic designer, 35-year-old Slovakian resident Julius Bencko, made more than $1 million in 2010 alone.

The indictment goes after six individuals, who between them owned 14 Mercedes-Benz automobiles with license plates such as "POLICE," "MAFIA," "V," "STONED," "CEO," "HACKER," GOOD," "EVIL," and—perhaps presciently—"GUILTY." The group also had a 2010 Maserati, a 2008 Rolls-Royce, and a 1989 Lamborghini. They had not one but three Samsung 83" TVs, and two Sharp 108" TVs. Someone owned a "Predator statue."

Megaupload employees apparently knew how the site was being used. When making payments through its “uploader rewards” program, employees sometimes looked through the material in those accounts first. "10+ Full popular DVD rips (split files), a few small porn movies, some software with keygenerators (warez)," said one of these notes. (The DMCA does not provide a "safe harbor" to sites who have actual knowledge of infringing material and do nothing about it.)

In a 2008 chat, one employee noted that "we have a funny business... modern days [sic] pirates :)," to which the reply was, "we're not pirates, we're just providing shipping servies [sic] to pirates :)."

Employees send each other e-mails saying things like, “can u pls get me some links to the series called ‘Seinfeld’ from MU [Megaupload]," since some employees did have access to a private internal search engine

Not sure how anyone can defend these guys. They were very blatant. Not sure how anyone can compare this to YouTube. Not sure why anyone feels this is at all related to SOPA, where the fears are it would harm people innocent or naive, while these were multimillionaires very happily doing pirating as much as possible.
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