An operation planned by a large international team of law enforcement working over the course of years and carried out with helicopters and machine guns in a military style raid. Taking refuge in a safe room, reportedly found "near a semi-automatic shotgun", a larger than life villain is dragged out and taken into custody. No, the target is not a drug kingpin, nor a deposed dictator (hence the safe room - sewage drains are reserved final hiding places for deposed dictators and jihadist masterminds), not a banker responsible for tearing the world economy apart, nor a corrupt Western politician on the leash of said bankers.
(I had to resort to google for show titles...)
Here's a nice, concise way to weave a yarn:
- One Maserati
- One Rolls-Royce
- One Lamborghini
- Three Samsung 83" Tvs
- Two Sharp 108" Tvs
- One "Predator statue"
- 60 Dell servers
- Motor bikes
- Jet skis
Some users of Megaupload grow nervous reading that the FBI has a full list of downloaders and could be breaking down their doors at a moment's notice. Other users are aggrieved at the loss of files for which they have the full legal rights, the less forward looking of whom have lost the only copies they had. Independent media producers without the budget necessary to pay monthly fees for FTP hosting scramble for other ways to deliver large files to collaborators and partners. What would be reams of column inches in print is hammered out in fevered outrage or smug gloating. The glow of victory over SOPA and PIPA fades in the aftermath and ACTA passes without debate in several countries with nmore soon to fall. Leaping into the sinkhole of debate, accusation, dissent and conjecture around Megaupload is Projekt Records head Sam Rosenthal:
"You see, all those millions and millions of illegal files (music, films. p&rn, books) are not up there because of some utopian belief in open-source access to art. This isn't about paradise.This is about a new way to screw the artist. Those files are up there so people like Kim Dotcom can earn $50,000,000 a year. Let's be clear about that.
It's using the "pipelines" to deliver our content without permission. What am I talking about? Back on December 16 (2011) Shea and I were scratching our heads wondering what incentivized people to upload the same Steve Roach album 10 times a day @ filesonic. Then we found the answer. Those sites pay users when people download illegal content. $50 for 1000 downloads! Read "Basis of indictment" at Wikipedia. "An incentivizing program was adopted encouraging the upload of 'popular' files in return for payments to successful uploaders." It is all about greed
Follow the dots. Illegal content brings people to their sites. Those people don't want to wait 3 hours to download a movie, so they upgrade to the premium service and get the movie in 3 minutes. Ka-ching! More profit in the "locker" sites' pockets! The site wins, their incentivized uploader wins, the person illegaly downloading wins. Win-win-win! Who loses? We (the artists) lose! - Sam Rosenthal
I hope Mr. Rosenthal is being fairly compensated for all these articles he's writing for pro websites, so as not to undercut the rates of professional writers. Much of journalism is not delivered on paper or disc anymore. Pirates like Ariana Huffington are rewarding known scam artists like AOL for spreading content from all over the web, including copy & pasted chunk of articles paid for by other online entities next to ads from Citibank and youtube videos for which they pay no royalties. This isn't about paradise.This is about a new way to screw the writer and embattled newscaster and/or citizen journalist.
Digital Music News began a new rumor with their featurette called “What Really Killed MegaUpload? MegaBox, That’s What…” sparking a number of articles disputing the actuality of the Megabox service as a scam and a conspiracy theory. I actually began testing the service around June, 2010 - the time the US indictment states the MegaConspirators were informed about the charges that were to be brought. As an early beta user of Google Music, the Google service seemed to be comparable to the Mega service. I wouldn't argue that the Megabox service is the entire reason the Big Media paymasters sicced government goons on them. But...
According to one commenter on DMN:
This was widely known among hip-hop or rap artists as a way to make money off their work without signing to a label. i.e. Mega had plans to compete against the RIAA and it was gaining traction. I didn’t know this scene even existed. Dan Bull recently put out a song, video and there have been others complaining that this is stealing their method of income. The list is significant enough to realize there was potential.There are thousands of download and streaming services out there, there are tons of sites that allow independent musicians to upload and sell their wares. Most make the majority of thier revenue from desperate would-be artists forking over fees for "premium" services, and any percentage of sales is just gravy. That Megabox artists would make money even when downloaded for free seems like an incredible claim. I can only guess that this would be a cut of premium memberships (of users, not artists) and revenue from their "free-premium" scheme and adsense advert replacer Megakey.
Video, graphics, printing, publishing and music/sound producers still need to transfer files too large for email. Teams of media producers are often spread across the coutry and even across continents these days, but the success of the current tack of copyright enforcement would make this possible only for teams with the kind of resources it would have taken pre-internet. Issues like this are all too often seen as collagteral damage from weaponized legislation, but make no mistake, this is pretty central to the purpose. If it becomes more difficult for a geographically scattered team to produce media, so does the usefulness of the tools that made the Arab Spring possible and Occupy and Anon-ops.
The international crime team followed the money to Kim DotCom's door. To find out about what wicked thing this way comes, the money has to be followed back from law enforcement through the law makers to the paymasters at the source. The 1st world copyright issues has been allowed to cloak schemes that have far more serious consequences than a few site admins locked up for a few years. Some sites are already blocking US ip addresses and we may see more of this. The ultimate consequence could be a US without access to information or entertainment that not produced outside US corporate control. We could lose the means of ascertaining the truth or falsehood of the infernal attributes of those who find themselves drawn into the narrative disseminated by the establishment's human-demonologists and have an even harder time finding out about what's being done to us and who is doing it.
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