Megaupload has been shut down. Four people
, including the founder Kim Schmitz
, have been arrested for violation of piracy laws. Two more are named as defendants in the indictment. 18 domain names have been seized, warrants have been issued in 9 countries
. Given that Megaupload took the fight to Universal Music Group
in December and is on record as being vehemently against SOPA
, one wonders if this crackdown is a retaliation of some sort. Given that industry insiders accuse MegaUpload of being responsible for at least $500 Million in lost revenue for the music industry, it's ironic that its current CEO is Swizz Beats
, noted major-label rapper and hip-hop producer.
The Obama White House formally speaks out against SOPA, PIPA.
The Obama White House has come out against
the Stop Online Piracy Act. The move has -- unsurprisingly -- drawn responses from the MPAA, RIAA, and other interested parties.
Get your censor on.
GYWO creator David Rees
takes on the Stop Online Piracy Act
. Meanwhile, a group of 83 prominent Internet inventors and engineers sent an open letter
to Congress, stating their opposition to the SOPA and PIPA Internet blacklist bills (previously
The U.S. House of Representatives has drafted
their version of Senator Leahy's
Protect IP Act, renaming
the bill the E-Parasites Act
. Among other changes discussed prev
, the bill now makes
internet service providers and websites liable for activities of their users that infringe upon copyrights, effectively overturning parts of the 13-year-old Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
Senator Leahy's Protect IP Act
would require that U.S. ISPs impose an 'internet death penalty' upon domain after merely a preliminary injunction from a U.S. court that suspects the site of being 'dedicated to infringing activities', even if the domain's owner had never been notified and was not subject to U.S. jurisdiction. There is concern that the legislation would fragment the DNS system and facilitate DNS spoofing
by obstructing DNSSEC
). There is also an open letter
opposing the bill signed by 108 Law Professors who study intellectual property law. [more inside]