Megaupload employee to be held in Netherlands

One of the many team members for the shut down file sharing web site Megaupload will be spending some time in the Netherlands. DutchNews.nl reports that 32 year old Andrus Nomm of Estonia will be placed in custody in that country for 60 days. He is currently awaiting extradition to US officials for charges of online piracy.

Nomm was reportedly a software programmer for Megaupload. He was arrested in the Netherlands on Friday in Rotterdam, a day after Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom and three other Megaupload team members were arrested and charged in New Zealand by US law enforcement officials. Earlier this week, Dotcom was denied bail by the judge in that country and will remain in jail for the time being.

In addition to Nomm's arrest, a server farm operated by Leaseweb in Amsterdam and Haarlem was raided in connection with the case. Mega Conspiracy, the parent company of Megaupload, reportedly rents 630 servers from the Leaseweb server farm at a cost of 65 million euros.

Another Megaupload team member, Sven Echternach, was reportedly arrested in his native Germany. Yet another Megaupload employee charged in the case, Julius Bencko, is still at large.

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Im ashamed of my country, i really am.
We give the US 'criminals' based on Copyright Infringement?

Let the US first sign the global The Hague treaty... and the US in all its history has only ONCE extradited someone from the US to us, and that was for multiple murders, they ignore our requests but as soon as they request we bend over and take it...

yuk

Our copyright laws are COMPLETELY different from the US's copyright laws.
Besides i think we seriously have to fight for net neutrality!

Almost 1st of febuary, a protest is on its way considering more then the 2 ISP's ealier (XS4ALL and ziggo) will be going to court to fight the BREIN/RIAA censorship!

gosh said,
several sites i used to use are gone, such as downbox.me, and th3scene.com

katz going down was the biggest blow to mankind in the history of the internet.

gosh said,
several sites i used to use are gone, such as downbox.me, and th3scene.com

remember when it was th3zone there are plenty of other linkshareing fourms.

xSuRgEx said,

remember when it was th3zone there are plenty of other linkshareing fourms.

the zone was the best. Used to be a mod miss the team (zone himself, purplesilver, and the rest)

rippleman said,
anyone have any numbers on how much world wide web traffic receded if any with these big file sharing companies being taken down/offline?

well.. 4% of the internet was lost all at once just from Megaupload going down.

with fileserve and filesonic and other big hosts.. maybe another 5-10% .. overall id say 10-15% of the internet was effected.

.. and thats not even counting other websites used to search for files.

ShareShiz said,

well.. 4% of the internet was lost all at once just from Megaupload going down.

with fileserve and filesonic and other big hosts.. maybe another 5-10% .. overall id say 10-15% of the internet was effected.

.. and thats not even counting other websites used to search for files.

yeah and contrary to what one would assume freeing up 10 % of the internet would do.. Network has been very slow since Filesonic went down. With people canceling memberships this is bound to hurt certain economies in the world. The money isn't excactly um saved when one does these. It still gets spent. So when one says he your getting this stuff for free. 90 % of them weren't. Except MU. MU was the only one that had things for free.

630 servers in Amsterdam and Haarlem @_@

I looked into hosting Neowin in Haarlem around seven years ago and the estimate was 3 or 4 times higher per month than hosting it in the United States!

Why do they say another employee is "at large?" Are they seriously trying to say these are legit charges? Just because the MPAA bribes the government doesn't mean every member of the site's team is a criminal.

De.Bug said,
Why do they say another employee is "at large?" Are they seriously trying to say these are legit charges? Just because the MPAA bribes the government doesn't mean every member of the site's team is a criminal.

Germany wont extradite the other employee

De.Bug said,
Why do they say another employee is "at large?" Are they seriously trying to say these are legit charges? Just because the MPAA bribes the government doesn't mean every member of the site's team is a criminal.

Germany wont extradite the other employee

ShareShiz said,

Germany wont extradite the other employee

frankly New Zealand has a black eye... the site wasn't shady, Kim might have been but then again Chris Dodd let it drop that he bribes people. Most normal MPAA CEO's don't actually come out and say what everyone knows.. Porn industry knows they need the pact with the devil in order to get word out on their sites (well not the big guys) but the smaller ones. RIAA/MPAA still stuck in the 80's I guess or prior to videotape...