Just a day after the internet expressed it’s feelings on SOPA and PIPA, a major player in file sharing has been shut down. Megaupload has been pulled off the internets by the RIAA.
One of the world’s largest file-sharing sites was shut down Thursday, and its founder and several company executives were charged with violating piracy laws, federal prosecutors said.
An indictment accuses Megaupload.com of costing copyright holders more than $500 million in lost revenue from pirated films and other content. The indictment was unsealed one day after websites including Wikipedia and Craigslist shut down in protest of two congressional proposals intended to thwart online piracy.
The Justice Department said in a statement said that Kim Dotcom, formerly known as Kim Schmitz, and three other executives were arrested Thursday in New Zealand at the request of U.S. officials. Two other defendants are at large.
As I sit here and scramble through my brain to recollect if I uploaded anything of worth on the site, I can’t help but look at this as the possible beginning of the end. I know these filesharing spots are like dopehouses. You shut one down, five more will spring up. In fact someone is probably setting up Megauploadfaster.com right now. But what if this is just the beginning of a mass shutdown of all similar sites? Will this force us to by those lame ass albums they be releasing? Only time will tell. But in the meanwhile I suggest pirate cats to head for the hills, the feds are coming.