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Can You Say “Megaupload”, Boys and Girls?

Posted By Cliff Tuttle | January 24, 2012

No. 987

Try adding a hyphen: “Mega-upload.”  Aha!

This Japan-based internet giant was recently shut down by the FBI on charges that its file-sharing service was enabling users to share copyrighted material in vast quantities.  And the head honcho of Megaupload, who has the intriguing name “Dotcom” was arrested and is being held without bail in New Zealand, where he lived, until then, in a mega-mansion.

The site utilizes “digital lockers”, for electronic storage.  Users upload to their digital locker and the contents are then available for download.  Unfortunately for Megaupload customers, the contents of everybody’s locker has been seized, including users who are storing their own files with no copyright issues.

And you thought those FBI warnings at the beginning of rental movies were an empty threat.

CLT

 

 

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