Online Policing Gets Serious
People who enjoy downloading free mix tapes and listening to open-air pirated music on Megaupload.com were shocked to discover that the website was closed by federal agents on Thursday.
News currently doing the rounds on the internet say that some founders of Megaupload.com could be is a bit of hot waters after they were slapped with a federal indictment accusing of $ 500 million in lost media revenue for hosting pirated music.
According to Gizmodo.com, Megaupload had more than 150 million registered users, 50 million daily visitors which roughly accounts for four percent of the total traffic on the Internet. The action by the feds is also seen as trying to demonstrate how serious they are about SOPA which we reported on a few days ago.
The irony of all this is that the website which was endorsed by established artists who generally speak against piracy has now been closed for piracy. The website used to be given the thumbs up array of stars including Will.i.am, Kim Kardashian, Diddy and Swizz Beats who was said to be the CEO.
The indictments, which for some strange reason does not include Swizz Beats has landed several of its founders in prison, some who where arrested as far as New Zealand.
The way we see it is that someone somewhere starting snooping around because Megaupload were making truckloads of money for nothing and were not playing nicely with others and were not paying those who’s protection they need.
As the saying goes, where there is money there is a policeman and not too far a bribe is also standing close by.