EFF Comes to the Rescue of "Innocent" MegaUpload Users

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praack

can;t quite agree with this comment: Maybe (better research into where you store your files could have prevented potentially losing them when the feds beat down the virtual door),

unless blatantly advertised any cloud space could be used to store copyrighted material - how would a user know? just go to the most expensive vendor in town and hope?

or perhaps stop using crowd storage?

I am surprised that you tube is not taken down- anyone can pull the video now - so even though they (you tube) will take down material on request that does not prevent the posting of the content

the push appears to be : wall off all your data, include the ability for authorities to at will review in detail all your data, and pray nothing is interpreted as no longer being legal

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tekknyne

You make a pretty good point. I consider myself a pretty internet savvy guy (I work at a casino as a network tech) and I have only heard of MegaUpload about a year or so ago. Not that I would host my files there, but I can see how people would mistake it as a legit site- I did.

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szore

Still not convinced torrents are copy right violations. Don't know of any court that does either. These music company's have been price gouging cd's since they came out in 84' or whatever it was deserve to lose everything, they are nothing but pigs.

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tekknyne

Check out Jonathan Coulton's blog on SOPA (composer of Portal 2 soundtrack if I'm not mistaken). He really puts it into perspective.

"making money from art is not a human right. It so happens that technological and societal blahbity bloos have conspired to create a situation where selling songs about monkeys and robots is a viable business, but for most of human history people have NOT paid for art."

That pretty much sums it up.

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ApathyCurve

So if you classify something as "art," you're morally justified in breaking the law? Sophistry. It's also a quick path to economic ruin.

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tekknyne

To further, I heard some other fuzzy logic about "These industry people have no real incentive now that there's less money out there. So now they just stick with safe main-stream music so the industry really suffers and they're less willing to take risks on edgier stuff" - and I guess I have a word for people that do stuff and they just do it for money. WHORE. How about they find talent and actually earn their money like the rest of us. How about these fools accept the fact that their dying business model is well-past dead. How about instead of buying our congress, they ACTUALLY spend time and resources and do their job? I find it pretty mind-blowing that I'm actually trying to explain this, it's like everyone just believes what they see on TV and they're stuck in kindergarten.

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tekknyne

Apparently you didn't read the article. I'll try to put this in a language that you can understand: Music industry reps provide no real value to.. well, anything. They're parasites. Now that we have iTunes and Napster and etc... this even more obvious... to SOME. Those people essentially took money for free and provided no real value, so you can start there for an economic conundrum. I'm sure it's purely coincidence that the owners of MegaUpload were going to start a music-hosting service for aspiring artists that would give said artists 90% of the profit and than BAM the MPAA-owned federal agents moved in to be "heroes" to stop this "evil pirate" ... wake up dude.

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Supall

Thank God there are level-headed people in the world.

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