Megaupload charged with piracy, shut down

One of the worlds most popular file sharing websites -- Megaupload -- who had been in the news recently for their controversial song featuring many famous artists, has been shut down by federal prosecutors in the United States.

The New York Times reports that the indictment accuses the company of costing over $500 million in lost revenue due to pirated films, TV shows, music and other content.

Strangely, the timing of the takedown comes after websites across the internet, such as Wikipedia and Reddit went down for up to 24 hours in protest of SOPA/PIPA, which would endanger the internet. It appears the timing is just a coincedence, however, it's concerning that the feds don't even need SOPA to make a move like this. The site is run out of Hong Kong but hosted in part in Ashburn, VA where the indictment was made.

Megaupload founder and operator -- Kim Dotcom (formerly Kim Schmitz) -- was arrested along with three others in New Zealand on Thursday at the request of US officials. A total of seven were arrested globally, and their charges include conspiracy to commit racketeering and criminal copyright infringement for running the "the Mega conspiracy websites" according to the DOJ.

Dotcom is no stranger to the wrong side of the law, previously being convicted for credit card fraud, hacking, insider trading and embezzlement.

Just before the site was taken down today, it posted a statement on its homepage saying that claims they facilitated copyright infringement were "grotesquely overblown" and went on to say "The fact is that the vast majority of Mega’s Internet traffic is legitimate, and we are here to stay. If the content industry would like to take advantage of our popularity, we are happy to enter into a dialogue. We have some good ideas. Please get in touch."

The move will provoke mixed emotions amongst users of the service, many used it to host legitmate files, such as images for smartphones over on XDA-developers. With the service gone, a lot of this work has been lost, and users who paid for the service are already up in arms over the news. Reports suggest that at the time of its take down, the site was the thirteenth most popular file sharing website.

Update 1: NZ police are stationed at all entrances to Dotcom's mansion in New Zealand, according to Twitter.

Update 2: The DOJ posted their charges against Megaupload here, however the site is struggling right now.

Update 3: The Verge reports that "The DOJ has also issued more than 20 search warrants in the US and eight other countries, seized more than $50m in assets in the US, Netherlands, and Canada, and seized more than 18 domain names associated with MegaUpload."

Update 4: Kim's mansion is pictured below. The house is the most expensive in New Zealand, and is near Auckland where he was arrested today. He only rents, as he was declined the opportunity to own it by the New Zealand government, due to previous convictions.  (Image credit)

Update 5: The following people are also being charged by the US government:

  • Finn Batato, 38, a citizen and resident of Germany, who is the chief marketing officer;
  • Julius Bencko, 35, a citizen and resident of Slovakia, who is the graphic designer;
  • Sven Echternach, 39, a citizen and resident of Germany, who is the head of business development;
  • Mathias Ortmann, 40, a citizen of Germany and resident of both Germany and Hong Kong, who is the chief technical officer, co-founder and director;
  • Andrus Nomm, 32, a citizen of Estonia and resident of both Turkey and Estonia, who is a software programmer and head of the development software division;
  • Bram van der Kolk, aka Bramos, 29, a Dutch citizen and resident of both the Netherlands and New Zealand, who oversees programming and the underlying network structure for the Mega conspiracy websites.

It appears that the FBI is taking action due to Megaupload knowingly paying users who uploaded infringing content and encouraging them to upload more in this manner. 18 domain names were seized as a result, including Megaporn and Megavideo.

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The biggest shame is that Megaupload was one of the easiest file sharing sites to use. You got full speed downloads too whereas others slow you right down.

Boo.

True though, why does America deem it their responsibility to take down sites? America doesn't own the internet. Maybe I should start a case against the US government or whoever it is. Yeah, if the site is hosted in the US, that's different, and in this case I see the point, but still. . .

Why is an American federal law enforcement having to do with megaupload which is a Hong Kong based service.

I'm very sorry but I see Americans are very greedy and think that there is no other countries who have their own laws and enforcement. Yes I know there are some americans that is ashamed but if you live there you are part of the problem.

(I'm Australian though and I and getting tired of all this American influence that is being sholved down our thoats. Soon, Australia will be like USA 2 or it already is.

Why is an American federal law enforcement having to do with megaupload which is a Hong Kong based service.

The site is run out of Hong Kong but hosted in part in Ashburn, VA where the indictment was made.

I'm so sick of America thinking they rule the world. And yes I am an American and ashamed of our Government.

You may not like what another country does, but its none of anyones business. Each country has their own laws, yet America forces our laws on everyone. Literally forces.

You can bet the MPAA/RIAA put money in pockets for this. I guarantee it.

And what does arresting a graphic artist have to do with anything. Its just stupid like everything they do.

One of the people who was involved in the running of MegaUpload, Kasseem Dean, who is also an American rap artist, Agent and DJ (And the boyfriend of Alicia Keys) has not been arrested yet the people who worked below him were.

This just screams retaliatory action on part of the RIAA,MPAA, FBI and DOJ a day after the widespread SOPA protests by big name sites they go and show that they don't need SOPA or PIPA to take this action anyway.

What's more it paints a scary picture since 4 of the people were arrested in NZ as well, with laws which were partly developed by the US Government on their behalf.

Even more concerning is the fact that in leaked letters from the Spanish ambassador, the US threatened Spain by stating they will add them to a trade black list if they don't adopt SOPA style laws.

Kussie said,
One of the people who was involved in the running of MegaUpload, Kasseem Dean, who is also an American rap artist, Agent and DJ (And the boyfriend of Alicia Keys) has not been arrested yet the people who worked below him were.

This just screams retaliatory action on part of the RIAA,MPAA, FBI and DOJ a day after the widespread SOPA protests by big name sites they go and show that they don't need SOPA or PIPA to take this action anyway.

What's more it paints a scary picture since 4 of the people were arrested in NZ as well, with laws which were partly developed by the US Government on their behalf.

Even more concerning is the fact that in leaked letters from the Spanish ambassador, the US threatened Spain by stating they will add them to a trade black list if they don't adopt SOPA style laws.

if your going to copy and paste...

#1 People will know if more if you used the name "Swizz Beatz"
#2 He is married to Contemporary R&B superstar Alicia Keys and has one child with her.

The Hong Kong-based company listed Swizz Beatz, a musician who married Ms. Keys in 2010, as its chief executive officer. He was not named in the indictment and declined to comment through a representative.


Still at large are Julius Bencko, 35, a citizen and resident of Slovakia, the site's graphic designer; Sven Echternach, 39, a citizen and resident of Germany, head of business development; and Andrus Nomm, 32, a citizen of Estonia and resident of both Turkey and Estonia, head of the development software division.

Edited by The_Observer, Jan 20 2012, 3:29am :

I want to see everyone in that video they made charged too with supporting this site, hey if you can charge the graphic designer of the site, charge all the people in the video too....

neufuse said,
I want to see everyone in that video they made charged too with supporting this site, hey if you can charge the graphic designer of the site, charge all the people in the video too....
I literally lol'd when they charged the person who makes the site GRAPHICS if they went that far and charge him you might as well waste more tax payers money and resources in charging the 500 million people who use their services

How are they able to inflict the punishment (confiscation of domains) without them ever being found guilty of anything yet? I thought we lived in an "innocent until proven guilty in a court of law" civilisation?

TCLN Ryster said,
How are they able to inflict the punishment (confiscation of domains) without them ever being found guilty of anything yet? I thought we lived in an "innocent until proven guilty in a court of law" civilisation?

the same way they are able to confiscate physical property via a warrant. You think the gun that killed a family should only be confiscated if the guy is guilty of murder? Its called confiscation of evidence. The domain is controlled to prevent any tampering of evidence (i.e. code changes), activity logs are grabbed, etc.

I'm a member of xda and this does **** me off since most of us used megaupload for sharing roms. Older links were almost always megaupload.

scratch42069 said,
I'm a member of xda and this does **** me off since most of us used megaupload for sharing roms. Older links were almost always megaupload.

Hope you guys have backups

"It appears that the FBI is taking action due to Megaupload knowingly paying users who uploaded infringing content and encouraging them to upload more in this manner."

Yes, that is totally why copyrighted materials on MU usually said "This file has been removed due to copyright violations.", because MU was sponsoring infringement. Idiots.

/fp

xTdub said,
"It appears that the FBI is taking action due to Megaupload knowingly paying users who uploaded infringing content and encouraging them to upload more in this manner."

Yes, that is totally why copyrighted materials on MU usually said "This file has been removed due to copyright violations.", because MU was sponsoring infringement. Idiots.

/fp


No file sharing site can possibly be expected to know what each and every file they host contains, or if it is copyrighted material. All such a site can do is to operate a fast response takedown service where things are removed quickly when a complaint is received.

Maybe it's time to remember words like these ones, from Thoreau "Why has every man a conscience, then? I think that we should be men first, and subjects afterward. It is not desirable to cultivate a respect for the law, so much as for the right. The only obligation which I have a right to assume is to do at any time what I think right."
500 million in lost revenue?? Are they assuming that every byte downloaded would be purchased if Megaupload didn't exist?

Well that sucks., my subscription was good til March 2012. Oh well.

That is also one thing I Never understood. Why do these sites pay users to update stuff? I know a lot of forums that ban sites that don't pay them. My thought are, you want to be paid for uploading pirated content?

Edited by warwagon, Jan 19 2012, 10:52pm :

warwagon said,
Well that sucks. Looks like my subscription was good til March 2012. Oh well.

Thanks this is the people I am talking about! Why do they always have to suffer with the bad ? It is not right.

max22 said,

Thanks this is the people I am talking about! Why do they always have to suffer with the bad ? It is not right.

Looks like I can fall back on the other ones I have

Filesonic
Oron
Usenet
Filepost
Hotfile

warwagon said,

Looks like I can fall back on the other ones I have

Filesonic
Oron
Usenet
Filepost

Yes but do you have a backup of all your data on those as well from your previous Megaupload account?

max22 said,

Yes but do you have a backup of all your data on those as well from your previous Megaupload account?

If I uploaded to them I would, but I only download from those sites, I don't upload

Anybody who uploaded something important to Megaupload and deleted the original is an idiot.

warwagon said,

If I uploaded to them I would, but I only download from those sites, I don't upload

Anybody that stored their 1 and only copy on Megaupload is an idiot.

Well that is good. Just shows us why cloud storage is such a bad idea.

max22 said,

Well that is good. Just shows us why cloud storage is such a bad idea.

It's only a bad idea if you don't keep backup copies.

warwagon said,

It's only a bad idea if you don't keep backup copies.

Except that pretty much all of the cloud services are marketed AS THE backup solution.

A quick google and I looked on the front page of the sites.

JustCloud "100% Automated Backup"
Apple iCloud - "Store and back up your content in iCloud."
iBackup - just look at the name of it! "Online Backup"
zipcloud - "Backup your computer, backup your life!"
Mozy - "Mozy has an online backup plan just your size"
iDrive "Backup Unlimited PCs, Macs, iPhones, iPads and Android devices into a Single Account!

Free services are always going to attract more pirates then paid services, but if they think closing one service down is going to help things they are totally wrong. Even if they banned free cloud or file hosting services they'll just move to other measures such as automated yenc for webpage pages (Punk Buster uses it for updates already) or adding the data in the comment section of jpg file.
It wouldn't take much and it'd be near impossible to find the files then, and I'm sure pirates have other cleaver ways of doing things if need be.

It appears that the FBI is taking action due to Megaupload knowingly paying users who uploaded infringing content and encouraging them to upload more in this manner. 18 domain names were seized as a result, including Megaporn and Megavideo.

WTF? Megaupload was paying users?? This stinks!

lflashl said,
As a New Zealander i want to know if the New Zealand Police will send these people over to the US!
Yes. The DOJ is seeking extradition to the US to stand trial. He's not a native NZ citizen so I'm not sure how hard he can fight it.

I can not help but laugh at the fact they arrested the sites graphic designer. I would be livid if I got arrested for designing a website for someone. lol.

But that aside, this is bollox. What about RapidShare, min.us, even SkyDrive? They all have the ability to share copyrighted files.

I rather enjoyed Megaupload.

itylernallen said,
I can not help but laugh at the fact they arrested the sites graphic designer. I would be livid if I got arrested for designing a website for someone. lol.

But that aside, this is bollox. What about RapidShare, min.us, even SkyDrive? They all have the ability to share copyrighted files.

I rather enjoyed Megaupload.

Yeah arresting the sites graphic designer is the breaking point for me. How is he suppose to know what the site will be used for and how can he become responsible for that? Messed up.

Im a fan of Kim. Use to watch him on the old Gumball programs

Sucks that this has gone down, whats next? rapidshare?

Xenon said,
You notice that they wont go after google, amazon, microsoft or apple for hosting illegal files.....

They don't host illegal files for thousands to download. Just saying.

UndergroundWire said,

They don't host illegal files for thousands to download. Just saying.


Megaupload/video etc have always complied with DMCA takedown requests.

Isn't that the only way to do it? Unless you expect them to sit there and manually verify every single file that's being uploaded to their website

/- Razorfold said,

Megaupload/video etc have always complied with DMCA takedown requests.

Isn't that the only way to do it? Unless you expect them to sit there and manually verify every single file that's being uploaded to their website

Uh bro, read what I said. I thing you might be on a different page. Where can I host files on Google, Amazon, Apple for thousands to download? Show me proof of when it has been done before.

No I know that. I'm just saying that while people do upload pirated content on Megaupload/video, the company always has complied with DMCA takedown requests.

I can sign up for Amazon hosting and fill a server with pirated files, does that mean Amazon should be shut down too? What about Microsoft and SkyDrive?

Google hosts links to pirated content, and according to the RIAA/MPAA thats illegal too. But I haven't seen them go after Google yet...

/- Razorfold said,

Megaupload/video etc have always complied with DMCA takedown requests.

Isn't that the only way to do it? Unless you expect them to sit there and manually verify every single file that's being uploaded to their website


The problem wasn't that they weren't complying to DMCA requests. They've been involved in other actual crimes, and I'm not just talking piracy.

This is ridiculous. Even though I didn't use Megaupload a lot at all I will not stand for this. Why does the good always have to suffer the bad? Sure glad I didn't have any paid account because I would be angry as heck right now.

Guess that means they can go after all cloud computing because I bet every service out there at least one person uploaded pirated content. I can almost guarantee. Now if Megaupload really was paying these people to upload pirated content then ok but just stop them not the whole freakin website. Wtf.

LaP said,
Technically they should go after USPS and Canada Post cause those are used for crime too.

They should ban all forms of currency too, because it's the reason why theres crime in the world.

i think the government just showed that for them is not important what are saying free people they just showed us that we can't do anything to stop them,

that they don't need new bill to take freedom from the internet, from us citizens...

and again they what us to be afraid of "justice",

ppl we must do something we must go to the streets

GiedriusVarnas said,
i think the government just showed that for them is not important what are saying free people they just showed us that we can't do anything to stop them,

that they don't need new bill to take freedom from the internet, from us citizens...

and again they what us to be afraid of "justice",

ppl we must do something we must go to the streets

Streets ?
Black hat buddy.
We need to hit them hard virtually like they did.
We have no power in the streets, but we are strong online.
People always laugh about 4chan and Anon.
Nobody here is ready to do something.
This is too frightening.

boumboqc said,

Streets ?
Black hat buddy.
We need to hit them hard virtually like they did.
We have no power in the streets, but we are strong online.
People always laugh about 4chan and Anon.
Nobody here is ready to do something.
This is too frightening.

Oh I am willing to do something I just don't know how to get started or what to join. Even if it would mean being killed. I will say whatever I have to and do everything I can legally do. Going to look into it now. Some ideas are worth dying for legally. I am talking about a chance if I was assassinated. Always have to prepare for the worst.

what we can do more online?
how can i join online :?

boumboqc said,

Streets ?
Black hat buddy.
We need to hit them hard virtually like they did.
We have no power in the streets, but we are strong online.
People always laugh about 4chan and Anon.
Nobody here is ready to do something.
This is too frightening.

Megaupload was the fastest one out there. And the easiest to use.
No 60 second waiting or Annoying Captcha.
This is sad for everyone out there, very sad.
I feel like DDosing everything

boumboqc said,
Megaupload was the fastest one out there. And the easiest to use.
No 60 second waiting or Annoying Captcha.
This is sad for everyone out there, very sad.
I feel like DDosing everything

They knew what they where doing, all that money off warez. Dont be blind.

That is very unfortunate. I've used Megaupload a lot for their speed. I have yet to use a file hosting site that could match them. Recently, they removed the waiting time for non-premium accounts. I believe it was 45 seconds for unregistered accounts and 25 seconds for registered accounts.

Anyway, it seems somewhat unfair that they're being targeted like this. I don't know all the details but the way I see it, they're innocent until proven guilty. I wonder if other file hosting sites will be targeted like RapidShare and FileServe.

Very info has been opened to the public such as when has this started to happen, I mean the apprehension, because if this happened from one day to another, I wouldn't even like to see what would happen if SOPA gets approved.

just wait till they get all the books of who bought service then see what they did with it and go after them one at a time......

neufuse said,
just wait till they get all the books of who bought service then see what they did with it and go after them one at a time......

So what? Paying for a file sharing service in itself isn't illegal. Now if you go and upload copyrighted stuff to the the service, that's a different matter.

TCLN Ryster said,

So what? Paying for a file sharing service in itself isn't illegal. Now if you go and upload copyrighted stuff to the the service, that's a different matter.

I wasn't being serious

the mayan were right, then?. Its the ****ing end of the world as we know. All because they stupid ppl, money hungry with power, sell off to hollywood.
The new world would be like china but with an american flag (all covered of **** and money with blood)

So can we start using this type of thinking in the real world? If drug cartels are using privately owned Toll Roads to traffic their drugs, can we shut down the roads and arrest those who funded the road to be built? How about a Hotel that rents out rooms to prostitutes and drug users? How about Car companies who sell their cars to drug runners and other criminals?
Seriously, what backassward type of thinking is going on in our government....

shakey said,
So can we start using this type of thinking in the real world? If drug cartels are using privately owned Toll Roads to traffic their drugs, can we shut down the roads and arrest those who funded the road to be built? How about a Hotel that rents out rooms to prostitutes and drug users? How about Car companies who sell their cars to drug runners and other criminals?
Seriously, what backassward type of thinking is going on in our government....

Your arguments are awesome!
Me gusta.

GS:ios

wow, Megaupload was may favorite for downloading files, or uploading files for myself to grab at home or at work. As many have said this is one case where a lot of legitimate users are affected. This is exactly what will happen with SOPA/PIPA as was shown by wikipedia and many other sites yesterday.

It isnt like shutting down MegaUpload would make more jobs for us. Who did this crack head thinking? George Bush? Focus on making jobs you stufos! Feds stop focusing in other countries and focus creating jobs for us!

yowanvista said,
Shame. What about users who used it legally?

They might have to find another file sharing service. Pity there aren't very many of them.

Okay, so SkyDrive, Rapidshare, Amazon's Cloud Services, Azure, MediaFire, Dropbox, and all others should be next, judging by that crap.

How can a site be responsible for the content it served? They had anti-piracy policy just like every other similar site out there.

kavazovangel said,
Okay, so SkyDrive, Rapidshare, Amazon's Cloud Services, Azure, MediaFire, Dropbox, and all others should be next, judging by that crap.

How can a site be responsible for the content it served? They had anti-piracy policy just like every other similar site out there.

Solution: Close all the internet. Like _everything_.

Well the real solution would be to boycott everything , but that's not a viable option is it?

kavazovangel said,
Okay, so SkyDrive, Rapidshare, Amazon's Cloud Services, Azure, MediaFire, Dropbox, and all others should be next, judging by that crap.

How can a site be responsible for the content it served? They had anti-piracy policy just like every other similar site out there.

The problem wasn't that they were hosting the files, the problem was that they

a) knew illegal files were on there (specifically, employees would ask the guys in charge for links to illegal content, which they obliged to),

b) had the tools to remove them or prevent them from being uploaded but didn't (specifically, they used MD5-hash matching to determine if a file you uploaded was already on the server and just created a new URL for that file, but didn't use that to block copyrighted material already taken down)

c) didn't actually remove copyrighted material they were asked to (specifically, if a DMCA request was submitted, they would remove only the link to the material that was requested - not other links to it, and not the material itself. Additionally, they explicitly told their employees to ignore emails from ad networks and payment processors about files that infringed copyright)

d) did not attempt to discourage illegal uploads (repeat offenders were not penalised, and indeed could continue earning money via their reward system off of infringing material)

e) curated their 'Top 100' list so that it did not have any copyrighted material, thus giving the false illusion that the majority of downloads were non-infringing

and f) outright stated on IRC that they were 'providing shipping to pirates'.

Here's the indictment: http://www.scribd.com/doc/78786408/Mega-Indictment . You can read the whole thing if you like, but if you don't want to wade through the preamble I'd suggest starting at page 25.

kavazovangel said,
Okay, so SkyDrive, Rapidshare, Amazon's Cloud Services, Azure, MediaFire, Dropbox, and all others should be next, judging by that crap.

How can a site be responsible for the content it served? They had anti-piracy policy just like every other similar site out there.


Yes, but there are other crimes involved here, such as money laundry. You can't compare how these guys ran their site with e.g. Dropbox.

Wow this is retarded. I had a bunch of files hosted on there. What about the people who had paid memberships and were using it legit like XDA? WTF? GG America.

Lexcyn said,
Wow this is retarded. I had a bunch of files hosted on there. What about the people who had paid memberships and were using it legit like XDA? WTF? GG America.

Don't you realize it's to protect you from the naughty files?
Don't you realize how this is serving you?
Don't you realize how jobs were saved?
Don't you realize that a court is just added costs here so we should support SOPA/PIPA?
Don't you realize how the internet is a better place now?
Don't you realize how all those prevented illegal downloads will gear up sales in the stores?


When will people learn?

(/s)

GS:mac

Lexcyn said,
Wow this is retarded. I had a bunch of files hosted on there. What about the people who had paid memberships and were using it legit like XDA? WTF? GG America.

Even though large chunks of valid content existed, all the main people involved with the site have been arrested. The government can't continue to operate a site they suggest is breaking the law, therefore I suppose their argument would be taking it down in their only option. I guess any non internet company caught severely breaking the law is also typically frozen in such a manner so it's not that unusual.

The ripple MegaUpload has caused is likely to be due to a huge number of users who had no idea the site was even carrying out illegal activity. I guess everyone was making a deal with the devll - but they had no idea. The internet is a place where the rule of "too good to be true" doesn't seem to apply, and we accept advertising as a way of paying for services.

Ambroos said,
MultiUpload FTW. I don't get why more people use that.

As someone who downloads files from XDA where devs use multiupload to host content, Megaupload (who is one of the muliupload hosts) is the fastest for me, UploadKing is the second fastest for me.

Beyond Godlike said,
They still think shutting down these sites is slowing pirates down. Theres endless sources.

Yeah, they should target news binary and aggregation/retention server and distro sites next, then irc, or both at the same time. Then P2P would grow underground, but nothing remotely close to the rate it has from the beginning. As it is now, the government has the ability to close anything down while awaiting trial, nothing new here. Just like an Illinois Representative, the public doesn't get any real information even after it goes to trial. This is just another reason why there is only varying degrees of socialism, and nothing else.

Edited by justmike, Jan 19 2012, 8:18pm :

justmike said,

Yeah, they should target news binary and aggregation/retention server and distro sites next, then irc, or both at the same time. Then P2P would grow underground, but nothing remotely close to the rate it has from the beginning. As it is now, the government has the ability to close anything down while awaiting trial, nothing new here. Just like an Illinois Representative, the public doesn't get any real information even after it goes to trial. This is just another reason why there is only varying degrees of socialism, and nothing else.

aand why would we want this? im confused.

The speed of it all makes it sound a lot like some major back-door lobbying took place.
It's as if SOPA has already passed...

(Also, would "back-door lobbying" be classified as a pleonasm?)

Coolicer said,
The speed of it all makes it sound a lot like some major back-door lobbying took place.
It's as if SOPA has already passed...

(Also, would "back-door lobbying" be classified as a pleonasm?)

Taking months to get to this point was speed?....

ShamilN said,
Did SOPA/PIPA just win something here?

No, they have nothing to do with this as they haven't even reached the floor of the senate yet. All the SOPA/PIPA will do is make it a lot easier for the US to take down sites.

Tony. said,

No, they have nothing to do with this as they haven't even reached the floor of the senate yet. All the SOPA/PIPA will do is make it a lot easier for the US to take down sites.

Looks like it's already pretty easy to shut down websites. Just link them to piracy, yarr

Tidus4eva said,

Looks like it's already pretty easy to shut down websites. Just link them to piracy, yarr

Actually, it wasn't. The FBI and other agencies had to gather evidence and investigate the site, there is a press release explaining this. This would of taken months to compile. The SOPA/PIPA will pass due process and just take down sites/kill the DNS to the site simply by someone from MPAA (or whoever) saying so.

ShamilN said,
Did SOPA/PIPA just win something here?

No, not really. SOPA and PIPA remove due course of legal action as a requirement before a web site is shutdown by the government.

It appears the timing is just a coincedence, however, it's concerning that the feds don't even need SOPA to make a move like this.

They don't need SOPA to take down web sites that violate the law. In this case MegaUpload had copyright material on their servers that was being distributed. SOPA would allow the take down of websites that LINK to copyright material somewhere else (such as MegaUpload type web sites). SOPA also removes the need for due process, so if SOPA passed the feds could have shut down MegaUpload much more easily and much sooner than they did.

ShamilN said,
Did SOPA/PIPA just win something here?

No. This bust has been planned since months back, and is unrelated. There are actual crimes involved here, like money laundry.

UndergroundWire said,

They use Multiupload. So no, it won't.

Uhh? WHAT? Every thread is different! A LOT use (used) MegaUpload

Minooch said,

Uhh? WHAT? Every thread is different! A LOT use (used) MegaUpload

From my experience with the Thunderbolt, Droid Incredible, Rezound and Xoom, they used Multiupload. It just faster to upload one file to different hosting companies.