MegaUpload Attack 2012
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By Stephen C. Webster Monday, April 9, 2012 13:55 EDT Video footage of a police raid on the home of Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom is missing, and authorities claim they’re not quire sure what happened to it. This flub is just the latest in anti-piracy allegations against the file-hosting site, and comes amid the evidence discovery phase in the case against Kim Dotcom, the extravagant and eccentric founder of Megaupload, which was raided by New Zealand authorities after the U.S. movie and music industries accused the site of extensive media piracy. Following the raid, New Zealand’s highest court chided authorities for filing the wrong paperwork for their warrant , then filing the right request after the raid already transpired in hopes of making their request retroactive.
By MATTHEW BARAKAT Associated Press McLEAN, Va. (AP) - One of the world's most popular file-sharing sites was shut down Thursday, and its founder and several company officials were accused of facilitating millions of illegal downloads of films, music and other content.
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Updated 2012-01-20 2:49 PM Kim Schmitz, also known as Kim Dotcom, is shown in a court appearance in Auckland, New Zealand, after his arrest on charges of criminal infringement of copyright law and moneylaundering. Who is Kim Dotcom?
Kim Dotcom one of four men arrested as part of investigation into Megaupload website 'It was definitely not as simple as knocking at the front door' says police chief By Anthony Bond UPDATED: 19:10 GMT, 22 January 2012 It sounds like something more reminiscent of a James Bond film than real life. When police officers attempted to arrest the man accused of being one of the world's biggest internet pirates at his multi-million pound mansion, things were a bit trickier than they might have expected.
The founder of the file-sharing website Megaupload was arrested and jailed in New Zealand after US authorities accused him of a "Mega Conspiracy" in which he cost copyright owners more than $US500 million. US officials are seeking his extradition. The 38-year-old, known for his lavish lifestyle, was last week denied bail by a judge who said he posed a "significant" flight risk. A judge today agreed with that decision, saying it was possible the FBI had not frozen all of Dotcom's funds and that he may be able to illegally depart New Zealand.
Putlocker, Rapidshare and Mediafire traffic has risen Overall piracy has 'not decreased much in North America' says analyst Trade had recovered within 24 hours By Rob Waugh UPDATED: 18:36 GMT, 10 February 2012 The FBI's recent seizure of Megaupload.com and its arrest of founder Kim Dotcom has done little to reduce piracy, says a web-traffic analyst. In the hour after the bust, total internet trafffic around the world fell by two to three per cent - an indication of the scale of Megaupload, which hosted 34 per cent of file-sharing, according to analyst Deep Field Networks. But just a day afterwards, the trade in shared music and films 'had not decreased much', says the analyst - it had just shifted to new services, and to new computer servers in Europe, rather than America.
North Shore District Court Judge Nevin Dawson found that the German-born Dotcom no longer posed a significant flight risk because, as far as the court was aware, he wasn't hiding any money or assets that could help him flee the country. New Zealand courts had earlier turned down Dotcom's bail application and a subsequent appeal, saying he did pose a flight risk, but Dawson said those decisions were made when details about Dotcom's assets remained unclear. "Since that time, all known assets have been seized and are unavailable for Mr Dotcom's use or disposal," the judge found. "No new assets or accounts of any significance have been revealed since his arrest. Mr Dotcom's submission that he has not concealed any assets or bank accounts has largely been borne out."
The dramatic shutdown of Megaupload and the US government’s case against the operators of the service has the potential to alter the entire service provider landscape, not just in the United States but all around the world. Indeed, some observers believe that has already happened. After defeating attempts to put him back behind bars yesterday, Mega founder Kim Dotcom is back with more insights into the reasons behind the site’s closure. After speaking with TorrentFreak on Monday , Kim Dotcom has elaborated on his situation in an interview with 3news’ Campbell Live, which now gives us the opportunity to reveal a bit more detail about the current musings of the Megaupload founder.
Twenty stone Kim Dotcom granted bail in New Zealand and says he will fight U.S. extradition efforts Co-accused are also granted bail in one of the largest anti-piracy crackdowns ever By David Baker 14:37 GMT, 22 February 2012 The millionaire founder of file-sharing website Megaupload was released on bail in New Zealand today after authorities seized funds to prevent him fleeing the country. Authorities in the U.S. allege founder Kim Dotcom facilitated millions of illegal downloads through his company and he is subject to online piracy charges.
After being granted bail last week, Kim Dotcom went home to spend some quality time with his family. The Megaupload founder had been in prison for little over a month after his arrest in January. Upset at the decision to grant Dotcom freedom, the US Government, argued yesterday in an appeal hearing that he should be put back in jail. Today they failed in that attempt and Dotcom remains a free man – at least for now. On February 22nd, Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom was released on bail by North Shore District Court Judge Nevin Dawson.
It has been a huge week when it comes to protecting intellectual property and defending the freedom of the Internet. Following a massive blackout on Wednesday to oppose pending SOPA legislation, the United States government took down MegaUpload.com --demonstrating why we don’t need SOPA in the first place. Debate has been raging on Capitol Hill over two pending bills--SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) in the House, and PIPA (Protect Intellectual Property Act) in the Senate. Supporters insist that copyright violations and intellectual property theft are a rampant online epidemic, and that sweeping, draconian legislation is the only viable solution.
The government takedown of Megaupload, a popular file-sharing site, has stoked simmering fears that hard-line enforcement of copyright infringements could profoundly disrupt Internet commerce. File sharing has become a major way corporations collaborate with employees and partners and interact with customers. It fuels the sharing of rich content across Internet-connected devices in the home and office and distributed to mobile devices and has emerged as a major component of cloud computing, the delivery of content and services across the Web. "If legitimate content is housed on the same service that might have infringing content, it gets sucked into this vortex and it's gone," says Dennis Fisher, security blogger at Threatpost.com.
Megaupload returns fire after shutdown Megaupload reacted vigorously to shutdowns and arrests with action of its own. In conversation with Reuters , defending attorney Ira Rothken said Megaupload was "looking at its legal options" to bring its site back online. The lawyer objected to FBI and media industry claims that Megaupload was a criminal conspiracy and said that simply having a file upload service wasn't grounds for the raids this week. "It is really offensive to say that just because people can upload bad things, therefore Megaupload is automatically responsible," Rothken explained. Officials have so far used the same argument that they did to get LimeWire to close .