I got files. Lots of files. I have so many files that I need huge storage space to store it all. But I have local storage for my files. I don’t give my stuff to websites, file lockers, drop boxes, and especially not to MegaUpload. And its true- I don’t do online backups because I choose to maintain custody of all of my data. And because I don’t use online filestores, the story about MegaUpload having its site raided by the FBI was a little bit alarming, and I thought it might be some type of gross overreach of justice and quite a bit on the shady side- And then I got a load of the fat piece of shit who calls himself Kim Dotcom, and thought instantly, oh yeah, they’re all guilty. He looks like he’s been eating third graders.
From CNET here:
The FBI has busted the operators of Internet locker service Megaupload, which had become one of the most popular video destinations on the Web, according to a statement from the U.S. Justice Department and FBI. Seven people have been named in an indictment and four suspects have been taken into custody. They have been charged in Virginia with crimes related to online piracy, including racketeering conspiracy, conspiring to commit copyright infringement, and conspiring to commit money laundering.
The suspects face a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.
Megaupload is led by Kim DotCom, aka Kim Schmitz, a German with a colorful history who was once convicted of a felony but who has repeatedly denied engaging in piracy.
“This action is among the largest criminal copyright cases ever brought by the United States,” the statement said. The action “directly targets the misuse of a public content storage and distribution site to commit and facilitate intellectual property crime.“
This story, the photo of a massive rich fatty, plus the fact that Anonymous had a collective hissy fit today and launched DDoS attacks against DoJ and Music and Movie studio sites, leads me to believe that MegaUpload was being quite shady indeed. You can have file storage, but you can’t facilitate the commission of criminal filesharing. Napster was the first, then Kazaa, Gnutella, and all the rest. If you don’t first secure the site against illegal sharing you are headed for trouble.