A Bunch Of RIAA Label Artists Endorse MegaUpload... As RIAA Insists It's A 'Rogue' Site

from the how's-that-working-out-for-you? dept

Supporters of PROTECT IP and SOPA are continuing to insist that they need to take down these horrible "rogue sites" to protect the artists, who they insist are being robbed blind by the sites. The US Chamber of Commerce keeps trotting out stats about how much traffic these sites get. Yet, as we noted recently, a huge percentage of the traffic that bill supporters keep insisting is "rogue" is from the sites MegaUpload and MegaVideo. So, it seems noteworthy, as TorrentFreak has revealed, that a large group of the biggest RIAA music stars have all performed on a song/video endorsing MegaUpload and how useful it is:
Among the stars taking part: P Diddy, Will.i.am, Alicia Keys, Kanye West, Snoop Dogg, Chris Brown, The Game, Mary J Blige , Kim Kardashian, Floyd Mayweather and Jamie Foxx.
“When I got to send files across the globe, I use Megaupload,” declares Will.i.am, an artist signed to labels owned by RIAA-members Warner and Universal.

“When I’m sending my hits out I use Megaupload, ‘cos it’s fast. I can receive hits and I can send ‘em out,” declares P Diddy, an artist signed to Interscope, a label owned by Universal.

Kanye West, signed to Universal-owned Def Jam, likes to use Megaupload “…because it’s the fastest and safest way to send files – period.”

Alicia Keys, who is signed to Sony-owned RCA, says she uses Megaupload “….because I know that I can get my music safely and quickly -and you know that I’m serious about my music.”

Snoop Dogg, signed to EMI-owned Priority, uses it “…because it keeps the kids off the street,” and The Game (Universal) says that even his lawyers know he uses it, “…and I got plenty of them.”
And yet the RIAA, the MPAA and the US Chamber of Commerce are still insisting that MegaUpload is "rogue" and must be shut down? How's that work now?

TorrentFreak's article also reveals some other info about MegaUpload's plans -- some of which may be pretty controversial in other areas. For example, they want to get people to use a product called Megakey, which basically gives them access to "premium" services for free... but in exchange for having ads you see on other sites replaced by ads sourced from Mega. That's a lawsuit of a different nature waiting to happen. Replacing ads on other sites has resulted in lawsuits in the past. The details of how that actually work would be interesting, but I don't see how it doesn't end up tied up in court at some point.

Filed Under: cyberlockers, diddy, kanye west, pipa, protect ip, rogue sites, sopa, will.i.am
Companies: megaupload, riaa

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    Anonymous Coward, 9 Dec 2011 @ 2:49pm


    99% of megaupload is used for infringing content, not exactly the best site to rush to defend. Unless of course if you are mikey and think everything should be free and you have a god given right to steal anything you want.

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