FBI: Megaupload wanted to copy YouTube videos in 2006

The FBI's indictment against the Megaupload file sharing web site contains, as we reported earlier today, what the FBI claims is private email and Skype IM conversations between Megaupload team members. In viewing the 72 page indictment online, the FBI shows some of the correspondence includes team members talking about copying YouTube files back in 2006, before YouTube was acquired by Google.

One of the emails, dated April 2006, cited in the document from Megaupload team member Bram van der Kolk says, "Do we have a server available to continue downloading of the Youtube’s vids? … Kim just mentioned again that this has really priority." Kim is, of course, Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom.

In a later email, van der Kolk states, "Well we only have 30% of their videos yet. In my opinion it's nice to have everything so we can descide and brainstorm later how we're going to benefit from it."

Megaupload's attorney Ira Rothken told News.com, "We believe the indictment is both wrong on the facts and wrong on the law. We will not comment on the specifics of the indictment we will save that for the court of law."

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