Megaupload

Reprieve For Legit Megaupload Users

The Electronic Frontier Foundation and Carpethia may help some legitimate Megaupload users to get their non-infringing files from Megaupload. But the offer appears to be limited to American users for now, according to Megaretrieval.

I will update this entry if this situation changes.

RIAA Issues Statement About Megaupload

The Recording Industry Association of America issued a statement about Megaupload yesterday on their blog.

According to this statement, they believe that this raid will result in more traffic towards the legal services :

“According to the NPD Group, Limewire users left by the millions in the months after the shutdown… Digital music sales that had been flagging jumped in the month immediately after the Limewire shutdown, and have remained stronger ever since… When Billboard looked at the data after the Limewire shutdown it said “The spike in sales was immediate, noticeable and lasting.”

Unfortunately this raid has resulted in concerns about legitimate services being removed from the net because of the actions of the service’s users according to Threatpost.com security blogger Dennis Fisher.

Megaupload Gone

Megaupload, the Hong Kong based file sharing service, has had their Ashburn, Virginia servers shut down by Federal authorities in the United States. And four employees of this company have been arrested in New Zealand.

An indictment filed Thursday accuses the company of having cost copyright holders $500 Million in lost revenue for having facilitated the illegal distribution of music, film and other copyrighted content. But the company claimed these allegations were “grotesquely overblown” prior to the shut down, according to USA Today.

Unfortunately Megaupload also had legitimate users, whose files are inaccessible now. The site had 150 million registered users and had 50 million hits per day.

I had used the service years back to send my own videos to fellow Youtubers, which was more convenient than sending it by email. I have since found other services but it’s still a shame to loose such a resource.

Megaupload To Sue Universal Music ?

Billboard reports that the above commercial has sparked a lawsuit in-between Megaupload and Universal Music Group.

The file sharing service claims that Universal Music Group had filed a takedown notice with Youtube for copyright infringement to have this video removed.

“Let us be clear: Nothing in our song or the video belongs to Universal Music Group,” said MegaUpload CEO David Robb. “We have signed agreements with all artists endorsing MegaUpload.”

RIAA and the artists featured on the video could not be contacted for comment by Billboard by the printing of their article.