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Was this the real reason why Megaupload was closed down?

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posted on Jan, 24 2012 @ 10:31 PM
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Or maybe rival xbox 360 gamer Arazos has some high up connections in the FBI and didnt like being overtaken for the number one spot in MW3 lol Article
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posted on Jan, 24 2012 @ 10:39 PM
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The only thieves here are those bloody mega companies!! They make crappy products and robs you blind trying to sell it to you. They can go screw themselves!



posted on Jan, 24 2012 @ 11:10 PM
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I don't understand why people use those damn upload sites like megaupload, torrents are superior. Wouldn't use anything else.



posted on Jan, 24 2012 @ 11:29 PM
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Originally posted by Gixxer
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.



Unfortunately not true, yes the bands write and record the music but most of the time they do not make a significant amount of money off of it. The labels will usually give the band money to record the album and physically produce it but the band must recoup this cost before they make a profit. The bands also do not profit 100% of the earnings they usually make around 9% off of the album sale. The rest of the money goes to the label, publisher, copyright organization, Manager, among others.


The band Trivium has a good example of this when their singer tweeted a picture of his royalty check which amounted to $1.31. Their latest album which was released in 2011 sold 22,000 copies in the first week and yet he gets only $1.31.

www.theprp.com...

that's a link to the picture of the check. I'm not a fan of this band or anything, just using them as an example.

I agree with you that bands should make money off of their product but with the way the system is set up, its very hard. The best way for the band to make money is tour and take in the money from ticket sales and merchandise. A lot of newer bands these days are recording their albums and giving them out for free. Many bands will take the exposure over the loss of small financial gain when it comes to record sales. Live shows is where the money is for the bands.

i went back and realized i kinda went off on a rant about the music industry and didn't really talk about megaupload, sorry about that,

edit on 24-1-2012 by VinnyPNY because: fixed some spelling



posted on Jan, 24 2012 @ 11:52 PM
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I'm not convinced that self-production and independent distribution of music has anything to do with MegaUpload being shutdown. BUT, you bring up a very good point. It is becoming more and more affordable for bands to create their own recording studios and distribute their music without a 2nd-party label as a middleman. You won't see this trend in Pop music much, but if you look into the Rock, Rap, and Metal worlds you will see many bands/artists with their own labels. Examples can be seen by simply searching "artists who created their own label" in a search engine.

Definitely something to keep an eye on, but as long as the sheeple keep falling in love with the terrible auto-tune "musicians" of mainstream pop I can't see the top cats in the music industry getting too worried.



posted on Jan, 25 2012 @ 12:04 AM
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Yes, I've downloaded music over the years. Mostly it was "iffy" or "sketchy" music I wanted to sample but didn't feel confident enough to actually buy. The ease of access and (imperfect) anonymity were inportant factors, too. It's helped me to get into styles and genres of music I wouldn't have otherwise. An old school record store certainly won't let you buy the CD and return it later for a complete refund if you don't like it. I had an opportunity last summer to go see a band I'd enjoyed via recordings for many years and I was oh so happy to empty my wallet at their card table at the end. I just now had another small thrill knowing it all went to the band and not some fat old guys who make a living off of people who actually work for a living.



posted on Jan, 25 2012 @ 12:12 AM
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MEGAUPLOAD stand accused.


MEGAUPLOAD stand accused of distributing various copyright property without having paid for a distribution license from the copyright proprietors. Copyright violation is serious crime. I am sure that MEGAUPLOAD will work out a deal where by they continue to operate, but making sure that copyright owners get their cut of the money owing to them. Independent artists who allow their copyright property to be distributed via MEGAUPLOAD might not be getting such a good deal as they are thinking themselves to be getting ? MEGAUPLOAD in their advertisement make some rather difficult to believe statements. 90% of revenues will go to the copyright owners ? Even MEGAUPLOAD say that copyright owners will get paid even if the distribution is free of charge to their audience ? It all sounds too good to be true, and that in my opinion is the reason why MEGAUPLOAD are being dragged through the international law courts. MEGAUPLOAD will be able to tell their side of it all in the hearings.

Copyright owners will be glad to do a deal with MEGAUPLOAD, but only if they are sure that this is a real opportunity for them to earn money from their material. I being one such copyright owner I know from past experience that just having the ownership of the copyright is not a magic source of income. Buying a distribution license from the copyright owner might also turn out to be a bad investment. Thus in these economically difficult times record company's are reluctant to invest. In 2006 I embraced the internet by setting up my own private distribution website where in I was offering my tracks for 99 pence per track. After six months and having lost £1000 on it I decided to shut it down. So if MEGAUPLOAD say that they can succeed, where I and others have failed, I for one do not believe them one little bit. In my opinion MEGAUPLOAD is just one big scam.

Those who are genuinely interested in my music can buy a copy only via the iTunes Store page. SHIMONO. My reportoire is so huge that the vaste majority of my tracks are simply not going to be distributed. However, in an effort to get my music out of the studio and into the public arena I am also to be found at the Vampirefreaks site. CAELENIUM. Also if you have the peer to peer streamer from www.streamerp2p.com... you can listen to me streaming my reportoire for a few hours on each sunday. So long as the record company's take so little interest in my creativity I continue to be at liberty to do with my creations just as I please to do, or not as the case may be. It is all my own copyright property. I own the copyright 100%. I nearly forgotten. You can listen to a couple of my tracks on Sound Cloud too. soundcloud.com...

The law that I live by and which is holding us all bonded is called PRAECEPTAE CAELENIUM (tm). I did not read it in a book. You will not find it in any book. It was revealed to me by audio clairvoyance during the celebrations of the New Millennium in 2000. Summed up it basically means no sex no drugs and no violence. (1) From eternity to eternity, infinity to infinity, there be the one absolute. The One True God. Her names are many but she be the one true God there be no other God. The one judge there be no other judge. (2) La Deus Nostra, Notre Dame, Our Lady, The Holy Spirit, the cause the maker Cosmica. (3) Angelic powers of truth and beauty and righteousness be sure to be loving Her Holiness Above with all your mind and with all your heart and with all your strength. (4) So as to be pleasing to Her Holiness Above therefore do not be serving the masculine. (5) Do not be and do not allow masculinity into positions of government. (6) Honour and respect the virgin pureness of the christae. (7) Honour and respect the Immaculate Conception [parthenogenesis] reproductive process of the christae. (8) Do not fornicate or adulterate or sodomize. (9) Do not bully or torture or murder. (10) Do not lie. (11) Do not steal. (12) Do not be covetous. (13) Do not be jealous. Copyright NGL(c)2000.

He who trusts in violence to be his security cannot speak that he trusts in God to be his security.

AVE RAEGINA CAELINA LA DEUS NOSTRA CAELI LA VERA DEUS
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posted on Jan, 25 2012 @ 12:24 AM
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sure it hosted illegal files, but MU wasnt made for that, it was made and intended as a legal file sharing service, its certain users that started the illegal uploads, from what i seen, MU tried what it could for awhile to keep their servers clean, but the attempts got crushed by re uploads and more illegal uploaders.

the files that got uploaded to MU mightve been illegal, but the feds are out of control, seriously

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posted on Jan, 25 2012 @ 12:35 AM
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Originally posted by Gixxer
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.


So you think that media in the public domain should only be accessible to those of us who can afford it? So the rich can view whatever they want, but us petty humans must dish out 20+ freakin' dollars just to watch a movie or 60+ to play a game?

As far as I am concerned, your argument is only valid for new releases. What is the point of charging new prices for media that is already old (like a movie or a game that's been on DVD for a few months). And where is the justice when we must pay new movie price for classic movies that are over half a century old? They should be free for all people to experience without cost limitation!

Today was the first day that I learned the meaning of DRM (Digital Restriction Management). Any media file that you purchase legitimately on the internet has DRM encoding. I once downloaded a TV series from iTunes, which cost me around $100 in the end, and it is encoded with DRM. I've experienced nothing but frustration with these media files.

First of all, just to watch this series on a different computer than the one that I originally downloaded it from, I had to spend hours just trying to figure out what my iTunes account login information was. Then I'm told that this is computer #3 of 5 computers on which I will be allowed to view the files, THAT I F*CKING PAID FOR.

On top of all this crap, I'm not authorized to even view the files in anything other than Apple software, meaning Quicktime.

That was the first and last time that I ever purchased digital media. I don't need some fascist pigs telling me when and how to enjoy my paid-for media. People who promote the "legitimate" system either profit from it or are total suckers.

PS- Just so you know, I actually do go out and buy media when it is worth it (especially CDs by worthy artists). But most of the media today isn't worth paying the prices that they demand.
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posted on Jan, 25 2012 @ 12:59 AM
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That video is a joke. Comparing downloading movies illegal to violentely robbing the elderly or murder is over-exagerating. When you pirate movies you steal a proportion of the millions of dollars of revenues that go to people who already have more money then they will ever be able to spend.

The music I have download throughout the years has often had the consent of the artists. Indifiduals and groups such as Radio Head and Immortal Technique have expressed that burning and stealing their music is ok. In fact one album which I actually downloaded is called "Steal this Album" by The Coup. Real artists recognize that real music fans cannot often afford to purchase their albums. I listen to around 3 new albums a week. That is 156 albums a year and at around $20 a CD I would be spending $3120 a year to listen to music. Luckily for me Jazz artists, underground hip hop artists and rappers, and real rock n rollers aren't so big on enforcing copyright laws.



posted on Jan, 25 2012 @ 01:36 AM
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Is everyone just going to ignore all the pirated movies? While still in theaters last summer, my friend watched X-Men,Captain America,Green Lantern,Thor,and Pirates of the Carribean just to name a few. and Mega-Upload charged him to do it.



posted on Jan, 25 2012 @ 03:53 AM
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How About the poor people?



posted on Jan, 25 2012 @ 03:53 AM
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How About the poor people?



posted on Jan, 25 2012 @ 03:53 AM
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How About the poor people?



posted on Jan, 25 2012 @ 03:53 AM
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How About the poor people?



posted on Jan, 25 2012 @ 03:53 AM
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How About the poor people?



posted on Jan, 25 2012 @ 03:53 AM
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How About the poor people?



posted on Jan, 25 2012 @ 03:53 AM
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How About the poor people?



posted on Jan, 25 2012 @ 03:53 AM
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How About the poor people?



posted on Jan, 25 2012 @ 03:53 AM
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How About the poor people?



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