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The US Department of Justice unsealed a summary of the evidence it has collected against Kim Dotcom, Megaupload, and other alleged conspirators on Friday. The 191-page document lays out details on how Megaupload and its associated sites, employees, and operations — termed the “Mega Conspiracy” — operated and, according to the DOJ, committed racketeering conspiracy, copyright infringement, money laundering. The investigation concludes that Megaupload made over $ 150 million in revenues from premium memberships over the years, plus over $ 25 million in advertising revenues. Those revenues are said to be a direct result of Megaupload’s willful promotion of copyrighted materials.
Perhaps the most interesting revelation from the document…
In a ruling released the other day, Justice Helen Winkelmann of the High Court of New Zealand has actually bought the FBI to begin copying over 150TB of information from the pcs took possession of from Kim Dotcom earlier this year as proof for the DOJ’s circumstances against Megaupload. The ruling comes as a preemptive measure, allowing Dotcom’s defense immediate access to the evidence in the event that he is extradited to the US, though whether or not the prosecution will definitely be obligated to share details of the information has yet to be determined.
Last month judge David Harvey ruled that Dotcom’s attorneys might access the info held by US prosecution as part of their protection. In spite of this, the DOJ’s attorneys are arguing that– under US extradition law– Dotcom’s …
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Megaupload’s still immersed in hot water, but there are signs the legal temperature could be cooling… slightly. Don’t breathe a sigh of relief just yet though, as a significant portion of that confiscated cache of cloud-stored files remains somewhat indefinitely under lock and key. A minor reprieve may be on the way, however, owing to a much more “sympathetic” MPAA which has asked the court to consider releasing non-illegally obtained content to previous users. And lest your evil eye be trained too heavily upon the Hollywood group behind the shutdown, the association’s made it quite clear that, under the site’s TOS, users were never guaranteed continued access to uploaded content anyway.
The change of heart comes in response to a motion filed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, on behalf of a member of the U.S. military, petitioning the return of personal, non-IP infringing files. According to the now-defunct site’s founder Kim Dotcom, that group of “legitimate” users comprised nearly 16,000 accounts utilized primarily to share photos and video with far away family and friends. Of course, should this retrieval request be granted, a requisite procedure will need to be put in place to filter out copyrighted media — a system that’s sure to pose countless headaches for those involved. Nothing’s yet been decided so, for now, the fate of your lost files rests firmly in the court’s hands. Such are the perils of the cloud.
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The Federal shut down of Megaupload did more than jail its founders, scare its competitors and worry its users — it also left Carpathia Hosting footing a $ 9,000 a day bill. The outfit previously agreed to preserve Megaupload’s frozen data, but now that the service’s unpaid bills are piling up, it’s ready to change its tune. In a emergency motion filed with the U.S. Federal Court in Virginia, Carpathia asked the court to either take the data off its hands, pay it for retaining the data or else allow it to delete the data altogether after allowing users to reclaim their files. The hosting service won’t take action on its own, it says, as that might “risk a claim by a party with an interest in the data,” such as the Motion Picture Association of America. With any luck, the matter will be settled in a court hearing next month. If not? Well, we’ll just take it as a lesson: back up locally, you never know when your files might get wrapped up in the legal system.
It’s been less than a week since MegaUpload founder Kim Dotcom was arrested and the file-sharing site seized, and we’ve already seen a wave of reaction, with one competitor disabling its own sharing functionality and hacker group Anonymous attacking the RIAA, Universal Music Group, and others. Now it’s time for the PR battle, with attorneys from RapidShare and MegaUpload using comparisons to services like iCloud and YouTube to defend their respective sites in two recent interviews.
Speaking with Fast Company, RapidShare’s Daniel Raimer points out that the basic technology of uploading and downloading a file is the same for RapidShare and MegaUpload as it is for Dropbox or Apple’s iCloud. File sharing isn’t the problem, he says; it’s the…