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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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 24 Jan 2013 @ 9:08am

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    I was hoping ol Mike would post an article about this news.. And i'm somewhat in agreement here.

    I happened to see, live, the press video where Kim Dotcom staged a fake raid on his new service.

    During the video, Kim said something I thought was interesting. Kim said that a few weeks prior to the raid, Megaupload was contacting movie studios, telling them that they were going to come to Hollywood to discuss how a new technology could provide distribution in exchange for ads.

    He kinda joked a bit, and said something to the likes of "Hollywood and the FBI knew we were going to be in Los Angeles in a few weeks. But instead of waiting to pick us up at the Airport, they grandstanded and decided to raid his home in New Zealand prior to coming to LA instead".

    I guess this is how Hollywood works. If you have a competing product to distribution, they'll shun you, or if you already have a userbase, they'll stage a raid before you can negotiate a business deal, which leads to legitimacy.

    This isn't difficult to do. The Los Angeles Federal Building, with FBI is about 2 miles from Hollywood area. I wouldn't be surprised if using contacts, the FBI office performed some research and used Federal Taxpayer Dollars to head to New Zealand.

    Still, I see it as pretty easy to enforce and extradite a citizen of another country by being an attorney, and walking into that office asking for extradition prior to being able to ink any deal.

    The way copyright was enforced was quite telling of the way investigations work, and likely how the Hollywood Studios take advantage of the people in the federal office there, and go on a wild goose chase.

    I watched the entire press video, and Kim Dotcom had additional projects in the works for independent artists and movie producers to create and distribute their works, while making a little more money than the model Google uses.

    It's an exciting time for Mega and their company. By encrypting the data before it leaves the browser, the FBI and MPAA shouldn't have any issue with it.

    When I interviewed at Sony Pictures for a database admin role, I learned that the attorneys themselves, write up the sales contracts. They are frequently incorrect, and often the attorneys who negotiate the deals, likely over a martini in West Hollywood, where everything is a show, Sony often has trouble delivering back-catalog content. I interviewed with a couple of SVPs for that role.

    Anyways, let's face the facts. Hollywood and LA can't seem to develop systems that are mission critical. The last platform developed in LA was MySpace, and well, we all know what happened when they got bought out-- the developers all went to the beach for a little party and haven't come back!

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