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Was this the real reason why Megaupload was closed down?

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posted on Jan, 24 2012 @ 04:51 AM
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Was this the real reason why Megaupload was closed down?

In December of 2011, just weeks before the takedown, Digital Music News reported on something new that the creators of #Megaupload were about to unroll. Something that would rock the music industry to its core. (goo.gl...)

I present to you... MegaBox. MegaBox was going to be an alternative music store that was entirely cloud-based and offered artists a better money-making opportunity than they would get with any record label.


The last thing the music industry wants is there money boat taken away. This could have started a chain reaction where artist no longer needed major labels to represent them while only making pennies on the dollar. Gives all the power to the artist, the last thing someone making money off you wants is for you to realize you don't need them.

 

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posted on Jan, 24 2012 @ 05:01 AM
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I don't know where Megaupload comes in to play there, but I do agree that artists are starting to recognize that they don't need recording labels who are taking way too much of the pie. I believe there are several bands who have found success without a major recording label, and I know that recently the comedian Louis C.K. released a wildly successful stand-up album that he put together himself.



posted on Jan, 24 2012 @ 06:01 AM
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Well, it could have played some part, but I am familiar with the site and it did host a LOT of stolen pirated material, it was targeted the same reason napster was targeted years ago, because enough movie, music industries complained, it being one of the biggest most popular ones it was needed to be made an example of, which is at least temporarily working, as the megaupload type sites are all at the time being not open for sharing. But the rap video down on that blog makes a good point, the many file hosting sites out there will continue to pop up, as napster type sites continue to exist in hordes. I believe this pipa/sopa bs might make some dents but can't stop the natural evolution of the internet, it's like a few people trying to change a wikipedia entry, it is only going to work for a short time until the edit gets denied by the masses.



posted on Jan, 24 2012 @ 06:38 AM
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Well this is the promotional video Megaupload came out with very recently, the MegaUpload song.



Before watching I thought it was going to be clips of different videos, being that UMG told youtube to take it down. But watching, you see artists took part in making this video.

I understand his past isnt pretty, but this is now, artists were going to get more while the company gets less, artists were for it, I assume members were aware of this and for it. But executives werent
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Just adding the text from the OP's link


In December of 2011, just weeks before the takedown, Digital Music News reported on something new that the creators of #Megaupload were about to unroll. Something that would rock the music industry to its core. (goo.gl...) I present to you... MegaBox. MegaBox was going to be an alternative music store that was entirely cloud-based and offered artists a better money-making opportunity than they would get with any record label. "UMG knows that we are going to compete with them via our own music venture called Megabox.com, a site that will soon allow artists to sell their creations directly to consumers while allowing artists to keep 90 percent of earnings," MegaUpload founder Kim 'Dotcom' Schmitz told Torrentfreak Not only did they plan on allowing artists to keep 90% of their earnings on songs that they sold, they wanted to pay them for songs they let users download for free. "We have a solution called the Megakey that will allow artists to earn income from users who download music for free," Dotcom outlined. "Yes that's right, we will pay artists even for free downloads. The Megakey business model has been tested with over a million users and it works."

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posted on Jan, 24 2012 @ 07:22 AM
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Since i created a duplicate thread, i'll transfer my links here.

S+F OP


plus.google.com...

www.digitalmusicnews.com...



posted on Jan, 24 2012 @ 09:13 AM
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I heard from a friend many of the peole invovled with megaupload were involved with the drug trade as well, so megaupload was taken down "while they were at it" busting druggers.

Are any real sources on this?



posted on Jan, 24 2012 @ 09:32 AM
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Thanks for posting that, which is the most important part. I tend to avoid clicking links where I can.

Whenever I would search for streaming anything megaupload would always be at the top of searches so they did have a significant online presence to start with. And yes, this would be a REAL THREAT.

I've been convinced that the music industry is just a big Mafia. Last time I spent a significant amount of time in an HMV I scanned the credits of a bunch of chart CDs. All the same people involved over and over again! These producers make hundreds of millions; they want it all to themselves and they don't want to work hard for it either, at least not by making better music.

A local band where I live is getting zero radio air play here, but was getting radio play in some Southern States. When a local politician complained to radio station management they said point blank (and in violation of actual Federal regulations) that they ONLY play music handed to them by the major corporate labels. Um, these are PUBLIC broadcast airwaves...



posted on Jan, 24 2012 @ 10:09 AM
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The idea sounds like something everyone would have liked. Consumers and artists that is, as for the publishers, it's quite apparent why they wouldn't...



posted on Jan, 24 2012 @ 01:12 PM
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no - megaupload was taken down because they are thieves. Simple as that.

CashMusic gives the artists 100% - AND is set up to be a nonprofit so there's no chance of them becoming an evil overlord.

Oh - glorious death to you, oh useless middleman and all your #ing 10% ways.



posted on Jan, 24 2012 @ 02:03 PM
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The sooner the artists can realize they have *NO* need for the RIAA and fans will pay them a FAIR rate, but not tolerate being financially raped, for a song or two, the better for everyone. The way Record and Movie industries have declared all out war on their own fans, at any cost and to any length they need to go is probably one of the best examples of corporate power totally run amok that exists!

The quarter million dollar lawsuits against college kids and soccer moms weren't enough, so now it's off the demand the structure of the Internet itself bend to the will of the greedy toads in charge of the Entertainment industry.

Occupy needs to go set up camp at those two organizations...long term. They are almost unique in OPENLY declaring segments of their own customer base as the enemy and then actively going to war with them for years on end.


Megaupload is just the start, I fear...I hope they fight it to the absolute maximum the system allows. After they are stomped and put away, the list for whose next will only grow.
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posted on Jan, 24 2012 @ 02:55 PM
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The young follow their idols and we cant have uncontrolled idols singing uncontrolled messages can we!!!
It's not just about money, its also about control of information.

S&F for you.



posted on Jan, 24 2012 @ 03:03 PM
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Originally posted by MrAndy
I don't know where Megaupload comes in to play there, but I do agree that artists are starting to recognize that they don't need recording labels who are taking way too much of the pie. I believe there are several bands who have found success without a major recording label, and I know that recently the comedian Louis C.K. released a wildly successful stand-up album that he put together himself.


Even the big bands like Korn have gone to Roadrunner Records and the only two "big" bands I can think of right now who are still with major labels are Metallica and Static-X, both on Warner Bros.

I'd like to be signed to Century Media personally if I couldn't release everything myself but come to think of it, I need the universe to let me have the money to buy recording equipment to get these 12 year old songs finally finished first.



posted on Jan, 24 2012 @ 04:40 PM
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it was a '# you' from the government after the public outcry against SOPA/PIPA



posted on Jan, 24 2012 @ 04:52 PM
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Most artists already realize they don't need big labels. Small ones are great, self promotion and release is a tiring thing so I can understand the wanting of a label. Big ones though with cocky sound engineers and know it all producers just kill the music to make a formula. F it. Nobody wants it anymore.



posted on Jan, 24 2012 @ 05:04 PM
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vimeo.com...

this new documentary is about just that, the power falling back into the artists hands, great movie! I for one am all about getting the money/power away from these suited execs and back to the real artists where it belongs. speaking from personal experience, getting into the music industry has NOTHING to do with talent and everything to do with who you know and how much you can pay them....
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posted on Jan, 24 2012 @ 05:07 PM
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Originally posted by Cassius666
I heard from a friend many of the peole invovled with megaupload were involved with the drug trade as well, so megaupload was taken down "while they were at it" busting druggers.



Yes, I believe that megaupload people were also involved in Satanic worship. And mugging old grannies.



posted on Jan, 24 2012 @ 05:17 PM
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This is the only reason megaupload was taken down.



posted on Jan, 24 2012 @ 05:25 PM
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Originally posted by MrAndy
I don't know where Megaupload comes in to play there, but I do agree that artists are starting to recognize that they don't need recording labels who are taking way too much of the pie. I believe there are several bands who have found success without a major recording label, and I know that recently the comedian Louis C.K. released a wildly successful stand-up album that he put together himself.


Megaupload comes into play because this was their creation and they were getting ready to go live with it.


Digital Music News reported on something new that the creators of #Megaupload were about to unroll.


Now with this information out, I think it really is clear.

We have had, in this country, a merging of Government and Corporations. A plan like this which would entitle an Artist to keep 90% of the profit on their own work is huge. Plus with this plan, artist would also get paid if they allow users to download for free. This would effectively destroy the stranglehold and dominance that the music Industry has over Artist. It would put them out of business over night.



posted on Jan, 24 2012 @ 05:39 PM
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I think what should be done is, the people at the RIAA and MPAA should consider alternative business models to embrace the new technologies available instead of trying to destroy them. They have way too much power when they can simply destroy technology that gets in the way of their outdated business models.

Finally, file-sharing allows you to find access to anime or other television shows that are hard to get access to otherwise, a lot of them being only available in Japan. There is a group of kind people that create fansubs of Japanese animes and allow them to be downloaded or viewed online, and this kind of service is simply not available in the mainstream accepted media.



posted on Jan, 24 2012 @ 05:41 PM
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love the hypocracy here, if you owned something of your own creation and other people were getting it for free from a site like mega upload you would be angry and want the site shut down too.

and this site is supposed to be full of the people whom are awake............*sigh


If you like the music,game,movie,software then pay for it if you don't like it don't buy it, but do not try and justify stealing! and that is exactley what bit torrent sites do, allow people to steal.



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