Megaupload.com Owner, Employees Arrested for Massive Copyright Infringement

January 20th, 2012 at 2:19 pm
 


If you have been wondering why Megaupload.com takes so slow to load, it is because the site is under arrest. Well, not the site itself but the companies that run it along with sister site Megavideo.com.

The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) indicted seven people and two companies for widespread criminal copyright infiringement and money laundering, or what DOJ likes to call it the “Mega Conspiracy.” The suspects are accused of earning $175 million while getting away with about $500 billion in copyright infiringement. Among those indicted are the site’s founder, Kim Dotcom (alias Kim Schmitz), as well as employees namely Bram van der Kolk, Julius Bencko, Finn Batato, Sven Echternach, Mathias Ortmann, and Andrus Nomm.

New Zealand authorities have arrested Dotcom, Batato, Ortmann, and van der Kolk. The remaining suspects are still at large. If they will be found guilty, the accused could be jailed for a maximum of 20 years.

Megaupload allows users to upload files that can be downloaded by the Internet public. However, it is notorious for allowing episodes from TV shows and movies be downloaded. Megavideo, meanwhile, streams videos as long as one hour and has been a go-to site for watching TV show episodes for free.

The indictment and arrests happened one day after major websites shut down to protest Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect IP Act, two Internet piracy bills being debated in U.S. Congress.

In retailiation, Internet freedom advocacy group Anonymous claims it has attacked various websites of groups that support the two bills. The sites of Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), and Universal Music Group have been experiencing significant slowdowns or complete failure, which can be a result of a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack. Several government websites, such as Copyright.gov and DOJ’s site, are also under siege.

Source: Mashable

 

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