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FBI Asked Megaupload To Preserve Pirated Files, Then Used Them Against Dotcom 241

avxo writes "According to an article on the New Zealand Herald, Kim Dotcom says his team has evidence showing that the Department of Homeland Security served a search warrant on Megaupload in 2010, forcing it to preserve pirated movies. According to Mr. Dotcom, those preserved movies are the center of the latest legal battle. 'When the FBI applied to seize the Megaupload site in 2012, it said the company had failed to delete pirated content and cited the earlier search warrant against the continued existence of 36 of the same 39 files.' He added: '[t]he FBI used the fact the files were still in the account of the ... user to get the warrant to seize our own domains. This is outrageous.'"
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FBI Asked Megaupload To Preserve Pirated Files, Then Used Them Against Dotcom

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  • Re:Nowhere fast (Score:5, Informative)

    by MichaelSmith ( 789609 ) on Saturday November 24, 2012 @09:39PM (#42084535) Homepage Journal

    That's where the FBI's case is going to go. Everything I've read tells me that the FBI, their Australian exponents, and the other parties involved broke too many regs to be able to bring a real case against Megaupload. This is just one more nail in the coffin.

    Don't you mean NZ? Australia doesn't really have a role here. Which is not to say that the australian security services wouldn't jump at the chance to help the FBI in a case like this.

  • And? (Score:5, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday November 24, 2012 @09:49PM (#42084567)

    The goverment bought and paid for by hollywood over the last decade would pull out every illegal dirty trick to get there way once again?

    I'm not shocked. That's normal now.
    Best get used to that kind of shit. This is the path we have chosen. Or someone did...

  • Re:Nowhere fast (Score:4, Informative)

    by Runaway1956 ( 1322357 ) on Saturday November 24, 2012 @10:52PM (#42084819) Homepage Journal

    It appears that your horizons might be expanded by visiting the New American Century site.

    What GP posted, and what you posted, are synonymous. In the past twelve years, the site has softened their sales pitch, sort of almost disguising it, but there is no secret that they represent corporate powers. It's only a thinly veiled secret that they intend to buy out the United States government to make their dream come true. The only secret is, how far they have progressed toward ownership of the government.

    For the past five presidential elections, both candidates were owned by the corporations. If I really dug, I could probably demonstrate the same for elections further back in history.

  • by raymorris ( 2726007 ) on Saturday November 24, 2012 @10:57PM (#42084837) Journal
    Hidden at the bottom of the story, in internal emails Mega said they had 2,000 users with those 39 infringing files. They weren't supposed to delete the NinjaVideo account, but what about the other 1,999? If you believe one side is right, why not tell the truth about why that side is right? Why the need to mislead and lie? (Answer - writers try to mislead users users like tnat when they know the truth isn't on their side.)
  • Re:Wow. (Score:5, Informative)

    by Tastecicles ( 1153671 ) on Saturday November 24, 2012 @11:10PM (#42084875)

    they're the Federal Bureau* of Investigation. They are an office of the Government. Ergo, they are the Government.

    *From the French, literally office.

  • by Baloroth ( 2370816 ) on Sunday November 25, 2012 @12:42AM (#42085147)

    You expect me to believe that Megaupload couldn't not-link those other 1,999 people to those files? Really? Maybe they had to keep the files, but they certainly didn't have to allow a bunch of other people to create links to and download it.

  • Re:Nowhere fast (Score:2, Informative)

    by Tastecicles ( 1153671 ) on Sunday November 25, 2012 @02:36AM (#42085455)

    Actually [], Obama spent more, which puts lie to that. Half of Obama's Super PAC donations were of more than US$1m, while those of Romney's made up only a third of his total. So that puts lie to that as well.

    Do your homework BEFORE posting nonsense, not after.

  • Re:Nowhere fast (Score:5, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday November 25, 2012 @07:34AM (#42086157)

    If I read correctly the information on that page (i'm not familiar with the US election founding system), Super PAC for Obama is 7% of total while being 15% of total for Romney, so Obama got in total less donations above 1M than Romney.

    Almost 40% of it's total founding came through small donations under 200$, for Romney that percentage is 10%.

    if you do your homework, do it properly.

I've noticed several design suggestions in your code.