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    SOPA Fighter Freedomfighter


    Megaupload, the popular file-sharing site, was shuttered Thursday and its executives indicted by the Justice Department in what the authorities said was “among the largest criminal copyright cases ever brought by the United States.”

    Seven individuals connected to the Hong Kong-based site were indicted on a variety of charges, including criminal copyright infringement and conspiracy to commit money laundering. Four of the members of what the authorities called a “racketeering conspiracy” were arrested Thursday in Aucklund, New Zealand, the authorities said.

    One of those arrested was Kim Schmitz, aka Kim Dotcom, Megaupload’s founder. His attorney, Ira Rothken of California, said neither he nor his 37-year-old client who resides in Hong Kong and New Zealand was given the opportunity to surrender. Schmitz was arrested without notice, he said.


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    WHOA Freedomfighter

    A Pirate's Life For Me!

    The indictment alleges that Dotcom owns 68 percent of Megaupload.com, Megaclick.com, and Megapix.com, and 100 percent of the registered companies behind Megavideo.com, Megaporn.com and Megapay.com. The feds allege that in 2010 alone, Dotcom personally made more than $42 million.

    The feds also say that over the last five years, PayPal has transferred more than $110 million in payments from users buying premium accounts that grant access to copyrighted works from “computer servers located around the world.” The feds also added that a number of those arrested, including Dotcom, uploaded and downloaded infringing material to Megaupload.

    According to the indictment, the defendants generated revenue through subscriptions and online advertising. Subscriptions cost as “little as a few dollars a day” or $260 per lifetime. The indictment claimed the site took in $150 million in subscription fees overall and $25 million in advertising.

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    FreedomFighter Freedomfighter
    Make no mistake, the timing of this indictment right after the massive SOPA protest dealt a blow to the media cartels is no coincidence. These federal cases are all exercises in propaganda.

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