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Megaupload.com Shut Down, Top Executives Indicted For Piracy

(AllHipHop News) Top executives at file sharing website Megaupload.com have been indicted and charged with violating piracy laws today (January 19).

Federal prosecutors in McLean, Virginia shutdown Megaupload.com today, claiming that the company has cost copyright holders over $500 million in lost revenue, from pirated films and music being shared on the website.

In recent months, Megaupload.com had garnered support from a variety of artists, including Kanye West, Macy Gray, and Alicia Keys, who is married to Megaupload.com’s current CEO, Swizz Beatz.

Universal Music Group filed a lawsuit against a Megaupload.com in December of 2011 and forced a takedown of the promotional video because, it features artists signed to Universal.

Megaupload.com countersued UMG and YouTube.com and the video was reinstated in December.

Megaupload.com was founded by convicted cyber criminal/entrepreneur Kim Schimtz aka Kim Dotcom and employed over 155 people, mostly software engineers.

No word yet if Swizz Beatz, born Kasseem Dean, is facing charges.

Federal prosecutors denied that there was a link between Megaupload.com’s shut down and the timing of the SOPA/PIPA legislation that would have given the government tighter control and regulation of piracy on the Internet.

  • July 19? Or January 19?

  • Mongo Slade

    WOW!!! The major labels are a dying breed so they playing hardball but it aint gon work

  • TruthSerum

    Shocking. people who are being stolen from are fighting back against the people who are stealing from them

    I download as much as the next man but I’m not arrogant or stupid enough to think I’m not doing anything wrong when I do it, lol, alot of you actually have yourselves convinced that Downloading records people spend their money in the studio making is the right thing to do, which I find hilarious……… I dont blame the labels for fighting back, if somebody hacked into my companies CP and tried to Download the profits and my employees paychecks, I’d stop at nothing to stop you from it

    But, like I said, I’m a hypocrite because I download as much as the next man, and MEDIAFIRE>>>>>>>> MEGAUPLOAD anyway

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  • Record Labels arent making as much money off recordings as they use to. That’s why the whole 360 contracts BS started… to grab revenue from performances, merchandise & whatever else they can get their hands on from artists that are signed to them. Slave contracts smh!

    • TruthSerum

      Those contracts wouldnt exist if fans werent stealing the records in the first place

  • Numbuh Four

    There are criminals out there who use crowded trains and buses as a way to pickpocket, does that mean the government should put an end to public transportation?

  • TruthSerum

    Before any of you clowns go on and on about Injustice and start some “#Freemegaupload” hastag on twitter, lets break it down and compare it with the real world

    If I own a Garage, and I let people buy, sell and trade stolen cars out of it, I would go to jail for facilitating and profiting from the crime, so why should these people be any diffrent because it happened on a computer??

    They know as well as you and I do that a vast majority of the people who click on a megaupload link are doing it to download summin that has a copyright on it, they do nothing to stop it, and profit from it by selling Advertisement space and Subscriptions to there service

    Facilitating Criminal Behavior and profiting from it would land anybody in the real world in prison, the same treatment should be given to them

    • Numbuh Four

      When a copyright claim is made, they act on it and remove the copyrighted content. Do you expect them to monitor every single thing that gets uploaded to the website and validate the usage rights of every single one of them? It’s up to the owners to report the material as copyrighted in order for the website administrators to detect and remove it. You can’t throw the gunsmith in jail because some criminal decided to use one of his guns to commit a crime.

    • Ryan Smith

      So you advocate shutting down youtube? Because content is produced on youtube. On site like megaupload, all you have is data. It is up to the user to download the data and reproduce the content that is subject to copyright.

      WTF does stolen cars have to do with file-sharing? It file-sharing was theft, it would be treated as theft. It is not. It is copyright infringement at best and the majority of cases fall under civil law. Anyway, I’m sure I’m just talking to a wall. Wait another 10 or 20 years and you’ll catch up with the rest of us.

      Stay in school kids.

      • Guest

        I don’t know Alex personally; but I didn’t see him say anything about shutting down Youtube. On Youtube…..most content are LICENSED. As far as your weak argument is concerned about data, STEALING IS STEALING….PERIOD.

        Whether you’re robbed at gunpoint, have your Credit info hacked from your computer, etc., Theft is Theft. It seems as though your definition and my definition of file-sharing are completely different. To take anything that doesn’t belong to you and isn’t paid for or given free and clear within the law IS THEFT fool. You are not entitled to it, neither do you have the birthright.

        Look here…..Copyright Infringement is what is says…..Infringing upon a Copyright….violation of OWNERSHIP…..NOT YOU, someone else who owns what you’re trying to take……Manufactured products, Literary works, music, IPs doesn’t make a difference……don’t try to force feed your BS rhetoric on me.

  • xdc845

    ok feds you got one, now what about the 2039484030 million other sites huh?!

    • TruthSerum

      Very True, as much as I understand what there doing, battling these sites is like the “War On Drugs”, as long as people want it, you cant stop it

      • 4-12

        THANK YOU!!!

  • J fremlin

    500 Million dollars? Oh come on guys, over estimating a bit aren’t you?

  • J fremlin

    E=Mc2.    Thats copyright. So why don’t people have to pay a tax on Einstein’s work? He thought of it, yet others are profiting from HIS work….  Am I wrong? If you put it out to the public, for public consumption, thats YOUR fault! These guys are just ass hurt because no one wants to pay 13$ to see a SHITTY sequel! The music industry is butt hurt because people can buy 1 song off an album, instead of a 15-40$ CD. (yes I paid 40$ for a cd once). 

  • Bernie Hardknock

    I’m downloading everything I can think of tonight before they start shutting down the other major sites… On the upside, it might become more lucrative to sell burned cd’s again….

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    Just more evidence that allhiphop/
    Is in cohoots with the hip hop-police & the feds…..

    Then a month from now, the lazy editor chick goung to pop up.
    And say how allhiphopnot, broke yet again another major story,
    In the begining of the year. ……….

    Didnt chuck just comment on a this same subject, in the rumor thread????
    And by 3:00 est time.

    The dept of justice, shut down megaupload….
    Fo real though????????
    Naw like really ?????
    Fo real though, ??????

    Yo swizz, this niggah chuck creekmur, be dry snitching.
    Just like he tried to imply jimmy had a connection to jmj killing.?????

    So dexter write a letter, to allhiphop, confessing to pac shooting.
    And the feds, just happen to read this site, & found out like you & me.
    Then the feds, sought to reteieve the letter,
    Which was sent to allhiphop, alledgelly by dexter.???

    Chuck did you turn over the letter??? If so that means your cooperating…???? Lol

    Now an AHH staff, post a rumor that megaupload,
    Is suing swizz, for copyright infringement…

    And the feds just happen to shut the shet down the same
    EXACT DAY…..????????

    Chuck u got a MOLE in the dept of justice or something.
    Cause thats one hell of a coincidence. Lol

    Or did you guys steal
    That rumor from another site????????? Lol
    That was sarcasm……..

    Let me stop. Last time i was talking shet on here. Bout the gov & feds.
    A chopper flew over my house. Lol
    But dead serious……




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  • Damn! Now only 1557 more file sharing sites to go.Almost got ’em.

  • johnblacksad

    How the fugg is about 50 billionnaires (top industry mofos) and about 500 n!ggas that the people voted for (House, Congress… etc) are going to decide of some sh!t like that? who the fugg do they think they is? Man, fugg politics… i don’t see that sh!t happening anyways, nobody that votes to pass this bill should be ever elected again! We’ll see who laughs last

  • Apollo Showtime

    Swizz, as well as anyone else could not be charged because a business like megaupload becomes an entity of it’s own. That’s why those big time CEO’s never get prosecuted when then do “real” dirt because you have to sue the company, not individuals. That’s the loophole. Think about when you start a record company and you get an LLC. That exempts you as the individual from taking on legal issues that arise, like if you got sued for an uncleared sample for a million dollars, it wouldn’t come out of your pocket, just the royalties that you LLC. company would recieve would get handed over. Swizz is straight, just jobless, lol.

  • BibatheDiva

    This is about to be so major. I am grateful to be clear-minded and present to watch it happen. This is going to get intense.

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