Megaupload.com shut down; Four Arrested In New Zealand
Four people have been arrested by police in New Zealand after Megaupload.com was shut down by US authorities and its
operators indicted for copyright infringements charges, 'racketeering' and 'money laundering'. The arrestees include
site founder Kim Dotcom. (Campbell Live Reported on Dotcom (formerly know as Schitz) last year
The US Department of Justice says it has executed over 20 search warrants in 9 countries, seizing $50 million in assets.
Megaupload.com describes itself as "The leading online storage and file delivery service". Reportedly the Internet's
13th most popular website, allows users to upload files for public download and offers users rewards for popular files.
The site has been criticised by entertainment industry groups for encouraging copyright infringement. The indictment
accuses the "Mega Conspiracy" of knowingly hosting a large number of copyright files.
The Wall Street Journal Reports that "Investigators said there was no connection between arrests in their two-year
investigation and the political firestorm that erupted this week over a pending vote on the Stop Online Piracy Act."
Megaupload has also recently been the subject of a smaller copyright over its "Mega Song" video. The promotional video
feature an number of popular music artists, some of whom were signed to Universal Music. Universal attempted to use a copyright claim
to removed the video from YouTube, and also to suppress an Internet tech news report on the subject
In possibly related news, the US Department of Jusitce website
appears to be unavailable at the time of writing.
Scanned document: Mega Indictment