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After Megaupload, MPAA Targets Other File Sharing Services 214

An anonymous reader writes "It is no secret that the MPAA was a main facilitator of the criminal investigation against Megaupload. While the movie studios have praised the actions of the U.S. Government, they are not satisfied yet. Paramount Pictures' vice president for worldwide content protection identified Fileserve, MediaFire, Wupload, Putlocker and Depositfiles as prime targets that should be shuttered next."
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After Megaupload, MPAA Targets Other File Sharing Services

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  • That Paramount actually has a "vice president for worldwide content protection" says plenty.

  • Re:Pirate Bay? (Score:5, Informative)

    by sg_oneill ( 159032 ) on Sunday April 01, 2012 @02:28AM (#39539001)

    Oh its above the radar. Heck its founders even did jail for it. But they are taking a solid stance and have basically told the MPAA/RIAA to fuck off and have deployed clever lawyers to keep it afloat.

    This whole thing really is pissing me off. My band uses these services to facilitate distributing our album and what not, and since a lot of our followers really dont know how to drive bit-torrent, this is the easiest way to get them the goodies.

    And because we are distributed across 2 countries (Members in the US and Australia) , we use it to send mixdowns and recording stems when we do stuff.. I mean I guess we probably should move to dropbox for that sort of thing, but the point still remains. These bloody lawyers are trying to ban ALL sharing, and seriously not all, in fact probably most, sharing is piracy.

    Its bullshit, these people need to be called out as enemies of the internet and free speech.

  • Re:Pirate Bay? (Score:5, Informative)

    by AmiMoJo ( 196126 ) <mojo@world3.nBLUEet minus berry> on Sunday April 01, 2012 @04:04AM (#39539307) Homepage Journal

    Heck its founders even did jail for it.

    Actually none of them have. They have been sentenced but only one is actually living in Sweden and his will be served in the community rather than behind bars. The others left ages ago and the authorities have been unable to recover a single penny of assets from them to pay the millions of Euros in fines, and as they are now in countries that won't extradite to the EU there is pretty much no chance of them doing any time. Plus there are still appeals in the pipeline.

    Meanwhile the Pirate Bay continues, benefiting from free publicity paid for by the media companies trying to take them down.

  • Re:Countersue (Score:5, Informative)

    by ThePeices ( 635180 ) on Sunday April 01, 2012 @05:06AM (#39539485)

    "But the drop in revenue will only be attributed to more pirating."

    The movie industry has been doing quite well indeed.

    Just look at their profits the past ten years. They are breaking profit records year after year. The movie industry has never made so much money in its history.

    And all of this in the face of rampant piracy for many years.

    What does that tell you?

"How many teamsters does it take to screw in a light bulb?" "FIFTEEN!! YOU GOT A PROBLEM WITH THAT?"