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The Governments are Really Cracking Down on Piracy This Year - February 15th 2012, 01:35 AM

First, the US took down Megaupload (and thus the entire Mega-network, including Megavideo, Megalive, Megabox, Megapix, etc.). We have a thread about it on TeenHelp. The US federal government confisticated all servers and put the founder to jail.

Then, on February 1, 2012, the founders of The Pirate Bay (the largest torrent site on the internet) were officially sentenced to prison. The Pirate Bay itself quickly moved to a new domain: from .org to .se (a Swedish domain extension) to avoid the reach of the USA. More on Torrent Freak.


And today, on this Valentine of 2012, the UK took down RnBXclusive.com, a popular R&B/hip-hop blog that distribute links to download copyrighted musics.

Those who runs the blog is now arrested, and the readers (also downloaders) are left with a warning, "If you have downloaded music using this website you may have committed a criminal offence which carries a maximum penalty of up to 10 years imprisonment and an unlimited fine under UK law." News via Torrent Freak.


Other file-sharing sites are freaking out, too. For examples, Uploaded.to blocked all US access; Filesonic and Fileserve disabled their sharing option. 4Shared started to deleted files; MediaFire kept doing what they have always done, but their deletion is much more rigorous now. And many more file-sharing sites are taking action to limit and protect themselves!


Fear . . . is working well. What do you think would happen in the near future? Would they succeed in combating piracy? Is this a good thing or a bad thing?

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Re: The Governments are Really Cracking Down on Piracy This Year - February 15th 2012, 02:07 AM

This is why I have an ISP that refuses to hand over IP addresses to law enforcement agencies.

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Re: The Governments are Really Cracking Down on Piracy This Year - February 15th 2012, 02:13 AM

Wasn't the MegaUpload founder also charged with money laundering and racketeering? Not exactly showing piracy in a good light.

Napster and other sites got it bad back in 2001 and piracy only increased. I think the penalties are insane and should be looked at in context, but they just want to end things from spreading. What are you going to do though? If it wasn't for the extreme backlash from fans that artists get from speaking out against piracy (like Lars Ulrich) I guarantee you a vast majority would be actively against it. When they don't want their property on the internet, and it gets leaked, you have to do something about it.
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Re: The Governments are Really Cracking Down on Piracy This Year - February 15th 2012, 03:37 AM

To be fair, they're only upholding the law.

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