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150 Copyright Notices For Mega 199

Posted by timothy
from the well-that's-the-business-model dept.
Master Moose writes "Kim Dotcom's Mega file sharing site has been stung with 150 copyright warnings, according to an international report. Dotcom launched the new fire-sharing website on January 20 in a blaze of fireworks and publicity.Less than two weeks later and Computerworld.com is reporting the company removed content after receiving 150 copyright infringement notices." Raise your hand if you're shocked, simply shocked.
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150 Copyright Notices For Mega

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 31, 2013 @10:01AM (#42750069)

    ... is around. You can find almost any song on YT and a ton of full-length movies, all for free. You can attach "listento" after www. in YT's URL and download an MP3 of a video, for example. There's many other sites like that. And with iTunes Match around, you can convert any mp3 to a really nice 256kbps AAC file.

    Movies are a little bit trickier but if you get creative with your google searching, you'll find sites with embedded YT private videos fairly easily.

    I used to download a lot and was a "quality snob" and only used to download 320kbps files or FLAC files but now I just don't care.

    So while these filesharing sites are getting all this flak from the RIAA/MPAA etc, the best way to "share" is just a click away on YT.

  • Re:Hmm... (Score:5, Informative)

    by blueg3 (192743) on Thursday January 31, 2013 @11:22AM (#42750819)

    Encryption isn't magic. If someone uses the site to share a file with the general public, they have to somehow enable the public to decrypt the data, right? The copyright owner can simply use the same method.

    Oddly, the DMCA actually protects against exactly the scheme you came up with. It places the operator of the website in the position where they simply need to take down offending material to protect themselves from liability. So Sony can't upload a video to the site and then sue them. They can upload a video to the site and give them a takedown notice, but if the material is taken down, then they have no ability to sue. (Despite its faults, one of the useful purposes of the DMCA was to make a clearly-defined legal framework in which the operator of a website can have immunity from liability for any copyrighted material uploaded to their website. Prior to that, it was ill-defined, which is a serious risk.)

  • Re:Hmm... (Score:4, Informative)

    by hairyfeet (841228) <bassbeast1968@@@gmail...com> on Thursday January 31, 2013 @04:50PM (#42754925) Journal

    Wrong several businesses have been sued because an employee merely had a radio playing while they worked to make the day a little more pleasant, that constituted a "public performance" and thus was illegal.

    I'm afraid the laws have been twisted so badly in the last 25 years that you just whistling a tune while you walk down the street could be copyright infringement, its that big of a fucked up maze of laws now.

  • by Subgenius (95662) on Thursday January 31, 2013 @05:02PM (#42755037) Homepage

    FYI, this is what their notices look like (cut/paste, left the speling errers in place)

    ---CUT---

    We are in receipt of a takedown notice affecting the following public link in your account:

    (link removed)

    Please be reminded that MEGA respects the copyrights of others and requires that users of the MEGA cloud service comply with the laws of copyright. You are strictly prohibited from using the MEGA cloud service to infringe copyrights. You may not upload, download, store, share, display, stream, distribute, e-mail, link to, transmit or otherwise make available any files, data, or content that infringes any copyright or other proprietary rights of any person or entity.

    Furthermore, please be reminded that, pursuant to our Terms of Service, accounts found to be repeat infringers are subject to termination.

    For further enquiries or to file a counter notice, please do not hestitate to contact us by replying to this e-mail.

    Best regards,

    Team MEGA

    ---CUT---

    I sent the reply to their message at 7:00pm last night (Pacific, GMT-8) but as of 1:00pm pacific today, have not heard anything back.

    (watching for replies, black helicopters...)

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