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Megaupload Threatens to Sue Universal Music Group

By - Source: TorrentFreak | B 14 comments

Kim Dotcom, AKA Kimble, AKA Kim Schmitz, is threatening Universal Music Group (UMG) over alleged abuse of the DMCA.

Kim Dotcom's Megaupload, a file uploading service, apparently convinced numerous music stars to provide their faces and voices for a music video that was posted to YouTube, but later was demanded by UMG to be taken down.

Megaupload and UMG are now tangled up in an argument who is right and who is wrong. Kim Schmitz is threatening UMG with legal action, which is an unusual position for Schmitz - not just because Megaupload has been branded by the movie and music industry as one of the world's leading rogue sites, but because Dotcom has had trouble staying out of legal trouble in the past: He is a convicted credit card fraudster and was convicted of insider trading. More recently, those convictions prevented him from settling in New Zealand and buying a $20 million mansion.

According to TorrentFreak, Megaupload is preparing a lawsuit against UMG, which the company considers an effort to sabotage Megauploads "viral campaign". The company also announced that it will support the movement against the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA): "We thank everyone for the massive support. Let’s join forces and fight for an Internet without censorship. Stand up and oppose new laws like SOPA and PIPA, which are being written this month in Washington," said Mega CEO David Robb in a statement provided to TorrentFreak.

On its website, Megaupload shows a video of its "Mega Song", which does not feature much on the lyrics side, but the faces of celebrities such as will.i.am, P Diddy, Kanye West, Lil John, Jamie Foxx, Chris Brown, Ciara, Kim Kardashian and Kim Dotcom himself - all of which claim to be using and endorsing the service. Megaupload says it has 155 employees and has more than 180 million registered users. The company states that its server hold more than 12 billion unique files, which the RIAA and MPAA claim hold copyright violating material. A recently settled lawsuit between Megaupload and porn studio Perfect 10 over claims of copyright violations suggest that Megaupload may be fighting an uphill battle.

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    win7guru , December 12, 2011 6:18 PM
    Promises Promises.
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    admir00 , December 12, 2011 6:19 PM
    wow really?
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    stratplaya , December 12, 2011 7:35 PM
    The black napster?
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    stm1185 , December 12, 2011 7:46 PM
    Mega Upload is the worst of the worst, they get people to upload copyrighted content illegally, then they charge people for viewing more then 45min of that content a day. No different then a movie theater charging for viewing a stolen dvd.
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    pepe2907 , December 12, 2011 9:42 PM
    stm1185 if there is no legal service, responding to the demand of cheap /!!!/ and qualitative content, supplied over internet, don't blame Megaupload, for providing such service illegaly.
    And excuse me, but f*ck with qualifications as "no different then ... stolen DVD". I don't give a sh*t. If somebody thinks it should be legal, let provide the service with the demanded quality and price. If Megaupload can sell what they sell at what price they sell it, that means they sell it at the demanded price. And don't argue, that it's cheap, because it's stolen, because we all know that a very small percentage of the money, charged for the legal content actually go to the authors, and that they are also not any kind of production costs.
    In short - legalized theft is going to be battled with "expropriation" [venseremos] :) 
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    DaveUK , December 12, 2011 10:42 PM
    The internet has unfortunately allowed far too many criminals to find new ways of obtaining money through illicit means. Megaupload and similar sites are different to search engines like Isohunt in that they actually serve the files and host the copyrighted material themselves. This reality is made even worse by the fact that they have tried (successfully) to monetize the process.

    I hope that this company burns, and the convicted fraudster who owns it ends up in jail for facilitating the whole project. I don't agree with digital rights holders targetting end users but if it was my business I would certainly be targeting organisations like Megaupload who are profiting from my intellectual property.
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    QEFX , December 12, 2011 11:57 PM
    I was going to cheer Megaupload on ... given who they're going against and not because I agree with them.

    Then I saw who was in the ad. Now I wonder what they have on will.i.am & Jamie Foxx to get them to associate with the no-talent hacks and criminals (or both) that make up the rest of the list. Maybe they downloaded naughty copyrighted materials and Megaupload has proof.
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    mortsmi7 , December 13, 2011 12:08 AM
    stm1185Mega Upload is the worst of the worst, they get people to upload copyrighted content illegally, then they charge people for viewing more then 45min of that content a day. No different then a movie theater charging for viewing a stolen dvd.

    You just apply crop rotation techniques for what your viewing. There's more sites that use similar systems; Rotate to the next site as you hit your limit, soon the original site will be good for another 45mins.
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    thehistman , December 13, 2011 1:16 AM
    stm1185Mega Upload is the worst of the worst, they get people to upload copyrighted content illegally, then they charge people for viewing more then 45min of that content a day. No different then a movie theater charging for viewing a stolen dvd.

    Except its 72 minutes and then 30 minutes of waiting, unless you want to buy an account, which means you could potentially watch 1008 minutes or 16.8 hours of video in 24 hours using megavideo without paying a cent. Your indignation is ridiculous.
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    southernshark , December 13, 2011 1:39 AM
    I hate MegaUpload. When I work overseas, I try to download History Channel videos and Spike Channel videos which are provided free on the website of the shows. Unfortunately, the site blocks me for being outside of the USA. But MegaUpload still has the shows, only it wants to charge me money for videos that they ripped off for free. These people are scum.
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    Zeknichov , December 13, 2011 3:41 AM
    Megaupload is a site where people can upload files. I don't understand everyone here talking about being charged to use its services. Download utorrent, visit isohunt and be done with it. Megaupload is meant to share uploaded files, if you want pirated material there are better ways. Don't pay for pirated material, that's ridiculous.
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    Anonymous , December 13, 2011 5:59 AM
    I hate MegaUpload. When I work overseas, I try to download History Channel videos and Spike Channel videos which are provided free on the website of the shows. Unfortunately, the site blocks me for being outside of the USA. But MegaUpload still has the shows, only it wants to charge me money for videos that they ripped off for free. These people are scum.

    I think you misunderstand how megaupload operates and how such files end up on the site...
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    azxcvbnm321 , December 14, 2011 4:06 AM
    Don't pay for pirated material? Gee, that's the entire business model of Megaupload, Rapidshare and their kind. What the hell do you think people are downloading off of these sites anyway, home movies of the kids playing? Of a random wedding? Of course it's pirated stuff and it's the only way these sites can make money.
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    eddieroolz , December 15, 2011 9:01 AM
    While MU may be guilty of knowingly violating copyright, the abuse of DMCA by movie and music studios is a much, much more pressing issue.
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