Many U.S. Government Officials are MegaUpload Users, Kim Dotcom Says

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dstevens

Don't you guys see, the government wants complete control of everything period. Nothing less will do for them. They are bordering on tyrrannical in thier intent and means.

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doggitydogs

Dear Government,

Do not take down the service. Take down the people who use the service for illegal things.

Sincerely,
The People Who Use the Service for Legal Things

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darkstorm977

honestly that was the worst raid ever, the government should not have there nose into what we do on our computers let them have there own network and well have our internet.lol just get them away from us.

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Ghost XFX

But they've already been caught downloading porn from bit torrent. So why should we think otherwise with Megaupload? Wonder what would happen if youhavedownloaded.com testified on Kim Dotcom's behalf as well as other various ways of showing recorded proof of their activities?

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Scatter

Just because some US officials (and many others) may have been using the service legally doesn't excuse or change the fact that many many others were using the service for less than legal things. This sounds like the high school kid arguing that the bong that he just purchased can be used for regular tobacco too.

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Ghok

Good analogy!

In both cases you're dealing with something that's illegal that most people won't ever admit to doing, yet at the same time, it's pretty clear it's something that's widespread and accepted by a huge portion of the population.

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Tenhawk

Actually it's a bit of a catch 22 for the court case. Either they have a pretty big scandal on their hands, if said accounts used their access to download protected items... or, if those accounts were used legally then it proves that the system had fundamentally legal uses... in which case, can you really hold the service itself responsible for the actions of it's users?

Of course that depends entirely on whether the service itself was run legally from the top down. If dotcom and the megaupload admins were breaking the law directly then the case should be fairly clear cut. If they were running an up and up service and it was their clients breaking the law, then we're into some muddy waters that are likely to get bloody before too long.

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Gezzer

You hit it on the nose.
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LatiosXT

If government officials were uploading government documents to file sharing websites instead of a secure SharePoint or similar, I'd be kind of worried.

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doggitydogs

I wouldn't exactly recommend uploading classified government documents to anything. Ever heard of "delivering a flash drive in a tank?"

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compro01

Unless it's unencrypted classified documents, I fail to see the problem.

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win7fanboi

Of course they will claim that 'they' were using it for legitimate purposes while in the same breath condemning other users as pirates.

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chucknorrisforpres

because we all know only govt employees are upstanding citizens, the rest of us are depraved pirates lol ;)

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