The FBI Shut down Mega upload for charges of piracy and are looking to arrest and charge the 4 owners of it. I have used Megaupload my use of private PC backups and now I no longer have access to them that to my Government that you very much. More information is here, act.demandprogress.org/act/megau … ?source=fb
EDIT: I have read more and more into this and have found that this was NOT related to S.O.P.A or P.I.P.A. Like I was thinking at first, And after combing the news i could find on this matter. Even though i have lost data i feel that this action IS justified and I will no longer appose its actions.
the Refusal to remove copyright works is there downfall, IF they can prove that they did more than delete just the links to the copyrighted stuff and really deleted it from there servers than they are ok. However from the looks of thing they can not prove that and are as some say it truly boned.
But the government asserts that Megaupload merely wanted the veneer of legitimacy, while its employees knew full well that the site’s main use was to distribute infringing content. Indeed, the government points to numerous internal e-mails and chat logs from employees showing that they were aware of copyrighted material on the site and even shared it with each other. Because of this, the government says that the site does not qualify for a “safe harbor” of the kind that protected YouTube from Viacom’s $1 billion lawsuit.
For instance, the “abuse tool” allegedly does not remove the actual file being complained about by a rightsholder. Instead, it only removes a specific Web address linked to that file—but there might be hundreds of such addresses for popular content.
In addition, the government contends that everything about the site has been doctored to make it look more legitimate than it is. The “Top 100” download list does not “actually portray the most popular downloads,” say prosecutors, and they claim that Megaupload purposely offers no site-wide search engine as a way of concealing what people are storing and sharing through the site.
Megaupload employees apparently knew how the site was being used. When making payments through its “uploader rewards” program, employees sometimes looked through the material in those accounts first. “10+ Full popular DVD rips (split files), a few small porn movies, some software with keygenerators (warez),” said one of these notes. (The DMCA does not provide a “safe harbor” to sites who have actual knowledge of infringing material and do nothing about it.)
In a 2008 chat, one employee noted that “we have a funny business… modern days [sic] pirates :),” to which the reply was, “we’re not pirates, we’re just providing shipping servies [sic] to pirates :).”
One of the commonest locations for people to pirate my games was on megaupload. They hosted maybe hundreds of links to pirated copies of games I worked on for years at a time.
The owner had a lambourghini and a $30million mansion paid for by giving away other peoples work for free. I certainly don’t have that kind of lifestyle, and I MAKE the stuff he gave away to get ad revenue…
Frankly, screw him. I hope he gets serious jail time. I have absolutely no sympathy whatsoever.
It sucks that some people lost personal files on there, but megaupload was a piracy site, everybody knew it. Never trust a 3rd party site that is hosting 99% copyrighted content with your work. All these sites are one judge away from dissapearing.
Ok I have contacted Mediafire about ALLOWED copyrighted works of mods on there server and this is what I got in response.
Thank you for contacting MediaFire. Please be aware that if we receive a takedown request that is in line with the requirements of the DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) we are required by law to remove the files. This means that if anything you should probably provide the URLs of your files to the respective copyright holders as a preventative measure; if they have the information about where your files are located we’ll be less likely to receive a notice from whoever is handling their copyright. Unfortunately this also means that there can be no advance warning, which is just another reason why it always pays to back up any content you have stored online. Still, it’s very rare for us to receive a notice over game mods; generally speaking we receive requests about ripped copies of new games (e.g. Skyrim, whatever iteration of Call of Duty we’re currently on), or leaked content for upcoming games that involved someone violating their NDA (e.g. Guild Wars 2). When we do receive a takedown request for game mods it’s because the mod creator wants it taken down, not the company whose game is being modded. That’s not to say it could never happen, but I think most game companies recognize and appreciate the benefits of an active modding community.
The MediaFire Team
I do not know if this is a step in the Right direction but I do hope that it is. I will try to contact Both CCPGAMES makers of Eve-online and Try to contact Bethesda to see if I will be allowed to use there content and let them know the location of said files to help prevent a Take-down request from there lawyers. As far as I am away Bethesda does allow mods to me made with Homeworld provided no money is made from said mod. But If I was to get this in black and white directly from them, I would feel much better.
Anywho Thought I’d LEt you all know mediafire’s standpoint on copyright mod works.