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hai
01-19-2012, 06:04 PM
http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2012/01/19/feds-shut-down-file-sharing-website/

If this was done without SOPA/PIPA,anyone can explain why we need such a retarded law.

Rockntractor
01-19-2012, 06:16 PM
I haven’t read the article in it's entirety but it would appear they were caught with their hands in the cookie jar.

hai
01-19-2012, 06:25 PM
Is it me or is the government of today a sharp contrast to the government of 1776?

Bailey
01-19-2012, 06:37 PM
Is it me or is the government of today a sharp contrast to the government of 1776?

Ya the lets fags and lezbo's have more "rights".

Rockntractor
01-19-2012, 06:59 PM
Is it me or is the government of today a sharp contrast to the government of 1776?

I understand your point Hai , but it looks like these guys really are crooked.

hai
01-19-2012, 07:00 PM
I understand your point Hai , but it looks like these guys really are crooked.

Yeah,it seems after i drank coffee this morning,i seem to be hyper.

Artois
01-19-2012, 07:50 PM
I don't really care to look up the indictment, but it will be interesting to hear just what they indict the enigma that is Schmitz on. It'll also be interesting to see how his/their alibi is challenged, in that they're just providing encrypted digital locker space, and it's on the user to not conduct piracy. Even the MPAA has been clueless on how they can legally challenge it. It's also absolutely absurd how they calculate the purported damages being caused by it.



If this was done without SOPA/PIPA,anyone can explain why we need such a retarded law.

Without SOPA/PIPA they have to work to shut something down and provide proof of guilt. With them, they can flagrantly declare anything as infringing on them... arguably, even including bad reviews. Additionally, that's just the tip of the iceberg on what powers it bestows on a few private entities which have a history for lunacy.

Elspeth
01-19-2012, 08:47 PM
http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2012/01/19/feds-shut-down-file-sharing-website/

If this was done without SOPA/PIPA,anyone can explain why we need such a retarded law.

It seems that Google doesn't:


http://www.infowars.com/google-is-already-using-sopa-like-censorship/

Google Is Already Using SOPA-Like Censorship

Web giant blacklists websites, follows government orders to remove material

Paul Joseph Watson
Infowars.com
Thursday, January 19, 2012

Despite Google’s much-heralded support for the anti-SOPA movement, the web giant is already enforcing SOPA-like policies of its own, blacklisting legitimate websites from its news aggregator and following government orders to remove material from its search results and You Tube.

As major Internet giants joined forces yesterday to protest legislation that would hand the U.S. government power to arbitrarily seize websites with no legal process under the pretext of copyright infringement, Google slapped a black censorship image over its logo and urged people to sign an anti-SOPA petition that has accrued over 5 million signees.

However, Google’s main issue with SOPA is seemingly not related to their concerns about Chinese-style web censorship becoming commonplace, but rather which entity gets to wield those powers – large transnational corporations or governments.

While Google criticizes SOPA publicly, it is already privately using SOPA-like powers to unfairly marginalize legitimate web content.

Google News is a content aggregator that allows users to search thousands of news sources for relevant stories. Although the aggregator includes a plethora of obscure, occasionally offensive, and barely-read websites, in November 2010 Google took the decision to de-list PrisonPlanet.com and Infowars.com from its indexed news sources....

More at the link.

Janice
01-19-2012, 10:07 PM
http://i.imgur.com/vJphE.jpg

Anonymous strikes back after feds shut down piracy hub Megaupload (http://money.cnn.com/2012/01/19/technology/megaupload_shutdown/)

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- In one of the U.S. government's largest anti-piracy crackdowns ever, federal agents on Thursday arrested the leaders of and shut down Megaupload.com, a popular hub for illegal media downloads.

Hours later, Megaupload's fans turned the table on the feds. "Hacktivist" collective Anonymous said it set its sights on the U.S. Department of Justice and apparently knocked the agency's website offline.

"We are having website problems, but we're not sure what it's from," a DOJ spokeswoman told CNNMoney.

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People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.

fettpett
01-19-2012, 10:55 PM
http://i.imgur.com/vJphE.jpg

Anonymous strikes back after feds shut down piracy hub Megaupload (http://money.cnn.com/2012/01/19/technology/megaupload_shutdown/)

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- In one of the U.S. government's largest anti-piracy crackdowns ever, federal agents on Thursday arrested the leaders of and shut down Megaupload.com, a popular hub for illegal media downloads.

Hours later, Megaupload's fans turned the table on the feds. "Hacktivist" collective Anonymous said it set its sights on the U.S. Department of Justice and apparently knocked the agency's website offline.

"We are having website problems, but we're not sure what it's from," a DOJ spokeswoman told CNNMoney.

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People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.

Those people are fucking stupid and criminals, all they do is play into the Governments hands. While Holder needs to be thrown in jail for Fast and Furious, these people just make it worse.

Janice
01-20-2012, 12:36 AM
http://i.imgur.com/6jaGt.jpg

Wikipedia protest hits home: U.S. senators withdraw support for anti-piracy bills as 4.5 million sign petition (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2087673/Wikipedia-blackout-SOPA-protest-US-senators-withdraw-support-anti-piracy-bills.html)

U.S. Senators have publicly withdrawn support for the two controversial anti-piracy bills that prompted Wikipedia and thousands of other websites to shut down for 24 hours.

A total of 18 representatives said they no longer approved of the SOPA and PIPA bills that critics say would allow U.S. Congress to implement draconian laws to police the internet and combat piracy.

It means yesterday's protest, supported by Google and Facebook's Mark Zuckerburg, has had a startling effect, with one of the Senators who initially sponsored the bill now backing down.

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Bravo! This is about the administration's ability to shut down access to websites anywhere in the world if someone complains there is a violation. Think about all the 0bama news we get from Canada, the UK and Australia. Does anyone honestly think that given the power, 0bama's Czars would only be shutting down link access to downloads of 'Fifty Cent'?

Janice
01-20-2012, 08:37 PM
http://i.imgur.com/IK4UI.jpg

Man behind Megaupload remains defiant (http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/95444d64-437b-11e1-8489-00144feab49a.html#axzz1k2zS4Wxn)

Kim Dotcom, the 37-year-old man behind Megaupload.com, was already a notorious figure in the online file-sharing world before he was forced out of the “panic room” of his $24m New Zealand mansion and arrested, in one of world’s largest criminal copyright cases. >>>

A list of property subject to forfeiture, contained in the DoJ’s indictment of Mr Dotcom and seven other individuals, included more that 20 sports cars, including several Mercedes, a Maserati Gran Cabrio and a Rolls Royce Phantom. Many of the cars featured personalised numberplates reading GOD, EVIL, HACKER, MAFIA and GUILTY. Other items seized include three 82-inch TVs, a statue of sci-fi character Predator, and 60 Dell computer servers, alongside $175m in what the DoJ alleges are “criminal proceeds”, spread across more than 60 bank and online payment accounts, registered from New Zealand, Hong Kong and the Philippines to Germany and the Netherlands.

After being denied bail at an Auckland court on Friday, Mr Dotcom and his alleged co-conspirators will spend the weekend in jail, as the US seeks his extradition. As he appeared before the court, Mr Dotcom said he did not mind the press attending, saying: “We have nothing to hide.”

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The indictments and raids and arrests clearly demonstrate that SOPA is not needed to effectively protect copyrighted material. This was an international investigation and they are arresting people all over the world who participated in this enterprise. (Note the ultimate pirates starting a War on Piracy.) So once again the government takes a sledgehammer to crack a nut.

Chuck58
01-21-2012, 04:30 PM
A lot of people, by and large European, are pretty PO'd about MegaUploads being taken down. I haven't seen anything positive on several security sites I visit. These guys are techie types and used MU, as well as similar sites to store files (legal) for easy access. Some are worried that they're lost, others have them stored in other places as well.

Was MegaUploads allowing pirated software to be place on their site, with keygens or passwords? Yup. So does Rapidshare, MediaFiles, Filestube and others. I imagine they'll be the next to go. I've, umm, used them all (purely in the interest of testing software of course).

JB
01-22-2012, 07:36 PM
I've, umm, used them all (purely in the interest of testing software of course).Of course. ;)

On his show, Bill Maher was arguing in favor of SOPA because his crapumentary was being stolen and he was missing out on all the loot. His guests gave him what-for about it but I was just LMAO. Hey Bill, those are your own peeps stealing your shit. I ain't stealing it. I have no desire to see your shit whether it's "free" or not. :D

Janice
01-24-2012, 10:51 AM
http://i.imgur.com/FTG08.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/r6Ftu.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/DWsfU.jpg

Cyberlocker Ecosystem Shocked As Big Players Take Drastic Action (http://torrentfreak.com/cyberlocker-ecosystem-shocked-as-big-players-take-drastic-action-120123/)

In the wake of last week’s Megaupload shutdown, some of the biggest names in the market are taking drastic action. During the last 48 hours many sites have completely withdrawn their systems for paying uploaders when their files are shared with others, but one of the most dramatic moves came first from Filesonic and today Fileserve. Both services now forbid people from downloading any files they didn’t upload themselves.

While the shutdown last week of Megaupload and the arrest of its founder and management team was certainly dramatic, a situation of perhaps even greater gravity is beginning to emerge.

Over the past 48 to 72 hours, the operators of many prominent cyberlocker services have been taking unprecedented actions that can not simply be explained away by mere coincidence. The details in the Megaupload indictment clearly have some players in the file-hosting world spooked. >>>

But the changes at these two services appears to be just the tip of a very big and very complex iceberg. Developments at other file-hosting services are widespread.

As previously reported, Uploaded.to banned all US IP addresses in what appears to be an effort to distance itself from US jurisdiction. Its affiliate program is still listed as operational but the same cannot be said about those run by some of its competitors.

VideoBB and VideoZer have both reportedly closed their rewards program and according to reports have also been mass deleting accounts and huge numbers of files.

Other sites closing their affiliate programs and/or deleting accounts/files include FileJungle, UploadStation and FilePost.

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As I said before, this is proof that the Orwellian legislation proposed by this regime is just not necessary. People around the world are in jail - some w/o bond, and all this was done with current laws. SOPA and PIPA are simply over reach by the current crop of statists running (ruining) the country.