Anti-Piracy Group Already Demanding That Kim Dotcom's New Mega Service Be Shut Down

from the but-of-course dept

This probably isn't a huge surprise, but with the launch of Kim Dotcom's new Mega cloud drive system, many in the entertainment industry have assumed that he must be relaunching Megaupload and a way to infringe. However, it seems pretty clear that Mega is quite different and mostly resembles other well known legitimate services, like Google Drive, Dropbox and Amazon's cloud offerings. Still that hasn't stopped some in the "anti-piracy" community from trying to shut down the site already:

Robert King is the lead figure behind StopFileLockers (SFL), an anti-piracy group dedicated to bringing file-hosting services to their knees by strangling their finances. Last year King claimed his group had a hand in disrupting the cash flow to hundreds of sites and actually shutting down dozens more. Now he has a very big scalp on his mind.

King, an Australian and adult industry player, says that StopFileLockers have just begun a “campaign to have the payment processing of all Mega resellers terminated.”

Apparently waiting for actual evidence of infringement, or even specific liability for Mega, is too much to ask. This is silly. While we may have doubts about how Mega is running, shutting it down without even understanding what it's about seems incredibly short-sighted. Plenty of successful legitimate companies have been built out of those who were earlier sued for "infringement." Isn't it worth at least making sure he's breaking the law before insisting he must have done so?

Filed Under: anti-piracy, cloud storage, copyright, kim dotcom, legality, robert king
Companies: mega, stopfilelockers


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    Paul Keating, 25 Jan 2013 @ 4:39am

    Re: Too Much to Ask

    @AC, You are not thinking clearly.

    Influencing another to cease a pre-existing business relationship is itself prohibited in many jurisdictions. It is called "Interference with Contract". In this case if this RUBE is stupid enough to actually contact payment providers, he should see himself on the receiving end of a lawsuit - and the sooner the better IMO. He is nothing but a modern day vigilante.

    And, while it is true that a company may choose with whom it does business, this is only generally the case. Case in point, the refusal to do business with people of color is improper regardless of the reason.

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