Megaupload Shutdown 'A Massive Success'

The MPAA are celebrating the long-term effects of shutting down file-sharing site Megaupload, and have new targets in their sites. But who will win the copyright wars in the end?

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The MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) has called this year's Megaupload shutdown a "massive success" according to Torrent Freak, and has named other "notorious markets" that it wants to target next.

Megaupload hosted millions of files until was taken down in January in one of the largest criminal copyright cases ever.

Hacking group Anonymous protested at the time by attacking websites for the FBI and US Justice Department.

Many other rogue sites were affected when Megaupload was taken down. Several sites which relied on affiliate revenue from Megaupload, which the MPAA claims resulted in less copyrighted material being available.

"This year's seizures of Megaupload.com and Megavideo.com by the Department of Justice illustrate the extent and impact that hosting hubs have on the online landscape," said the MPAA's Michael O'Leary.

"When these two websites were taken down, many linking websites, custom search engines, and custom streaming scripts that relied on the sites for content became inoperable. Some websites were abandoned by their operators, others lost traffic, while still others shifted their business model.

"In sum, the impact of these seizures was massive and the hub landscape is still recovering."

Other sites that are now in the MPAA's targets are Isohunt, The Pirate Bay, Demonoid and many others.

Who will ultimately win the copyright wars? Share your predictions in the comments.

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    Philip_pepper
    MPAA can suckle on my big angry Scottish boaby.
    crazysam23_Atax
    And my American chode!
    cip 123
    ummm i wouldn't say that if you're ever in scotland just a heads up
    goto11
    Right! Because everyone knows being American, especially on this site, makes you an *****, but if you live in the EU, you're a better person and have full license to hate on people you've never met based on geographical location and cultural stereotypes. Say what you want, but I'm glad my ancestors threw your tea in the ocean and ambushed those bright red coat wearing idiots. Our economy might suck right now and our government bombs places with drones and causes collateral damage but at least, personally, I can put all that political and stereotypical bullshit behind me and treat other people like well, people, not a representation of a government I don't agree with. I'm just a dude, happened to be born here in the USA, and oh ya, I'm most likely better at guitar than most of you, so if you want to hate me hate me because I play better, not just because I live in a different country that you happen to not agree with.
    Chronologo
    I was about to understand you till I got to the part where you talk about your guitar skills, typical USA.
    lithium_boy
    yeah wtf was that! I'm reading thinking " this guys a little excited but he may have a point" that was from " im just a dude" part, then his giant ego rained down upon us. If he has to announce it on an annonomous internet site then i guess he has to tell himslef that every morning while he cries in the miror.
    cip 123
    Umm I never insulted your country or the guy I just pointed out that we have a different meaning for "Chode" over here. Now I like America I don't much care for politics or wars but you know what I don't like? you.
    jkubed
    Chill dude. Take a joke! I'm American and I don't care about the jokes, even laugh at most of them.
    jmag
    Well, yay for confirming the US citizen = dumbass thing.
    lithium_boy
    i think goto11 was the only guy in the world to read that and take it as an anti-amarican slander
    qrEE
    goto11 - you don't play guitar that good. Otherwise, I would have heard of you by now.
    ali.guitarkid7
    1- You can't replace watching a film in a theater by streaming a shitty rip online; so... 2- This is stupid, and only makes people dislike the MPAA more. 3- The best things come in threes, MPAA suckling on a big, angry, Scottish boaby is one of them.
    llBlackenedll
    I think you've been misinformed about the quality of pirated movies (likely by those anti piracy ads persuading you to go to the cinema), they're generally as good as the original blu rays. That's not to say I don't prefer the theater experience, but implying all rips online are inferior to the quality of a home movie release is incorrect. I tend to keep digital copies of my stuff along with the originals as it's much more convenient (and I can manage it all with my Plex library). Discs are just so awkward..
    ali.guitarkid7
    I don't think you understand. Megaupload had some shitty ass rips. I download in high res all the time. I was talking about Megaupload. IT'S ONLY MEGAUPLOAD GUYS I'M SORRY I INSULTED YOUR PRECIOUS TORRENT SITE :C
    Iommianity
    That's silly. I can get fine rips for almost anything, and it's on par with the experience of watching literally anything in my home versus on a big screen.
    iommi600
    I lol'd at the title for multiple obvious reasons.
    Wininacan
    especially "In sum, the impact of these seizures was massive and the hub landscape is still recovering." Im pretty sure piracy was hurt for maybe a day untill mediafire and rapidshare increased users
    SIEGE312
    Megaupload does not make the government nor any of these organizations right. I for one do not like the idea of the gov being able to shut down websites on a whim. This sets precedent and it will only become easier for them as time goes on.
    Joeseye
    The company had been charged with five different counts concerning copyright infringement and money laundering. According to the indictment, Megaupload's offenses include: 1. Running Megavideo.com, which streams copyright infringed television shows and movies 2. Willfully reproduced and distributed copyrighted content on its servers 3. Offering money as an incentive to upload infringing content between the dates of Septmeber 2005 and July 2011 4. Not terminating copyright offending accounts, as it states it can do in the Megaupload terms of service 5. Made no significant effort to identify users of the site, uploaders of copyrighted content, or the content itself. Money laundering and racketeering are the primary charges in the indictment, not piracy, although piracy charges are part of the complaint. I think they deserved to be shutdown, and I don't think the same will happen to all others...
    Smegal
    Just so you know I countered every point of that in a massive reply but it failed to post and I didnt copy it so im now too pissed to reply with it all again...
    lonelyguitar08
    So which record label do you work for? How can after all these years, people not see how the RIAA and MPAA are screwing us? I'd also like to focus on number 4... In Megauploads ToS it stated they they reserved the right, not that that would be the ultimate end result. Also I'm a Kopimist. Filesharing, and the right to be able to learn, hear, see, experience anything and everything i want to, to learn and grow emotionally and intellectually, is a religious right for me.
    xplosive59
    Getting rid of Megaupload is like squishing a pregnant spider, 100's of new sites spawn in its place.
    Smegal
    If they are counting THIS as a success i'd love to see what they call a massive failure. Ignoring the illegal way in which they took down the mega corp and the fact it was used by many as a legitimate means of data housing... By taking down Mega all it did was drive the traffic to various other sources. Mega was one of thousands that do those services, it was the largest one yes, but with it's removal all that happened was the users went to other sites. As for the legitimate users, they were left without their data, many of which were used by small businesses and some larger ones. I agree with what they want but definitely not in how they aim to achieve it. Until they learn about the internet and users patterns they will NEVER achieve a "massive success".
    Kinths
    This isn't exactly true. Many filesharing sites completely changed their policies and got a whole lot stricter on files. Rapidshare which is the biggest File hosting site, made it pretty much impossible for free users to download files and just recently put bandwidth limits on all it's users, making it very hard to mass share a large file through the service. Many Filehosting sites just shut down or only allowed the original uploader to download a file. Megaupload being shutdown had a huge effect on the file host industry, one that it has only just started recovering from. It is only a setback though, the industry has started to recover from it and in the end it's going to hurt Record Companies pretty bad since shutting down megu upload has allowed KimDotCom to make a new website and service which he will soon release. It will allow musicians to sell their music straight to the public with very small middleman fees. Self Publishing is about to become a lot more viable for musicians and record companies are going to have to offer artists better deals to be able to complete if it takes off.
    Smegal
    Just so you know, He was working on that middleman plan a long time before the Mega incident, I remember actually telling someone I think they targeted him a lot harder since that. Anyway on to my point. You are completely correct about the stricter file sharing however that is not what I was getting at. The people they wanted to deter was both the people allowing it to be hosted and the people abusing it. Since Mega had no way to know what was put up due to privacy laws it was simple to keep pushing for them to be taken down, this sent a message and you know the response to file hosting services. (Which is also quite sad as a LOT of rare LEGAL videos were likely lost. (Very old shows that some fans managed to save)). The second target, the users. This is where it failed completely. All it did was push them to more sources. Imagine you have the entire populus of an infestation in one little segment of a room. You decide instead of eradicating this infestation you will eradicate the small area they are on. As a result this infestation spreads to every corner of the room and now you have a nightmare of a task to get them. If they wanted to do this right they should have worked WITH mega to catch the uploaders who were breaking the law rather than attacking the service that enabled it by not breakinbg privacy laws. My solution would be this. Let someone post the bad files, track their username, catch them instead.
    nincompoop
    Megaupload was always my second choice in terms of file hosting. The wait on downloading was annoying. Mediafire 4 life. Now, if they go after Mediafire... I swear to god. Warpath.
    thenextkirk92
    I don't see how this could even make a dent in piracy with all the other torrenting/hosting sites out there.
    pwrmax
    As much as I'm anti-piracy, I think shutting down sites is just wrong.
    jthm_guitarist
    GOD DAMMIT MegaUpload was full of legit files that didn't violate copyright. I still mourn the loss every time someone brings it up.
    kLeft
    Oh no they shut down a major upload website? Good thing this hasn't effected my habit of downloading stuff for free whatsoever... Success?
    Kueller917
    Yes it's great to know we actually wasted that many resources with helicopters and vans to arrest a fat guy in a mansion.