The U.S. government has known about them forever and as a matter of fact Megaupload actually had a deal already going on for years with some of the major record labels like say Universal where people from the record companies has complete access to Megauploads site to remove links of anything that led back to something they owned the rights to! Megaupload would give companies over 5000 removals per day so they were doing more than playing ball. So then why the shutdown?? Mega upload was about to start a new service called Megabox. Now before we even get into what Megabox is, you all know what ITunes is. Well if you didn't know Google is launching it's own cloud based music service where you never need to sync your evice it's just always there. Google music I'm sure would be well over a dollar per song. The artist gets about 13 cents on the dollar from a download. So you have these two Tech Giants Google & Apple with these highly priced music services and now let's talk about Megabox.
MegaBox was going to be a cloud based music service where the artist was actually going to get 90 cents on the dollar! Now the songs would be cheaper so people would flock there if the selection was good. Artists would love to be on there because they were going to get 45 cents on a song that's 50 cents. Not only that when the music is much cheaper more people will buy it. They were essentially going to cut the record labels out. The big dogs! They were not going to let all of this happen! Your going to first rival the NSA and US government aka Google. I don't think so. Then on top of this you are going to cut out these huge labels that have billions upon billions and have built these fortunes by raping artists for years? I don't think so. Think of how well this would have worked. What artist wouldn't want to go to Megaupload instead? Maybe you haven't heard of them but in the computer world they are big. Not only that the straw that might have broke the camels back was a promotional video put out by huge artists like Kanye West and Puff Daddy talking about how they love MegaUpload!?? WHAT?? I thought their music was getting pirated on there? When you look at this commercial and the fact that they say they've been investigating them for two years makes it sound like a setup from the word go to me. Either way they had a lot of very mainstream and large artist's support so it doesn't appear that Megabox would have any trouble catching on fast.
We need to remember it's more than just the hundreds of billions the labels would lose. They would be pioneers and change the whole industry and put the money back in the artists hands. Again they would not let this happen. The other point I wanted to make is not only is it money it's the message. The message in today's popular music is very much controlled. They will not let Megaupload cause them to lose control over that! They shape very much of society through the message put out in the commercialized music. They are not going to let Kim DotCom change all of this.
MegaUpload and other sites like them have been around for years. The timing is quite suspicious with Google music about to launch. A lot of users use MegaUpload for legit reasons as online storage. Researchers store photos, videos and documents People put stuff from their jobs on there. Many of their users are planning to sue the F.B.I. if they can't get the proper access to their materials. This is not over file sharing people. It's over Kim DotCom and the folks at MegaUpload having a vision to change the industry. Were they going to make a boatload of cash off of it? Sure. That's good business. Doesn't Bill Gates make a boatload of cash? People love him and he's a scumbag that has no respect for human life. These guys had a vision but it would disrupt the power structure in our country too much so it couldn't happen.
Megabox had another service that was part of it. Megakey would actually pay the artists when their songs got DOWNLOADED FOR FREE!!! That's right. Now the artists were actually going to get paid when their stuff was pirated. What a bunch of bad guys. Let's extradite Kim DotCom to the United States. C'mon. Give me a break! I thought extradition was for murderers and rapists. Now it's for copyright infringement?? How does he get extradited here anyways? He's not even a U.S. citizen! See what happens when you step outside the box and try and do something good? Do you see what happens when you rival Google? Do you see what happens when you oppose the huge record labels? Some artists have been killed for it in the past. It's pretty much always been covered up and I'm not going to speculate into murders I haven't studied but you can bet your ass people have been killed for much less!
Here's the video I say may have been the straw that broke the camel's back! I'm sure the labels weren't happy about this. Obviously it's not really that big of a deal their stuff is being swapped on there. The video includes kim kardashian, puff daddy, will.i.am, alicia keys, snoop dogg, chris brown, kanye west, lil john, jamie foxx, serena williams, russel simons, brett rattner, floyd mayweather, estelle, carmello anthony, ciara, the game, mary j blidge, swizz beatz, kim dotcom, kim junior, etc
By the way they didn't need SOPA, PIPA, or ACTA to do this! They make us feel like we have a victory for now over SOPA then this happens. They always make the legislation after to justify whatever they are doing. Now we are wasting good resources extraditing a foreigner into the United States for giving Google, Sony, Universal, and others a run for their money.
Welcome to America Kim DotCom. Land of the Free, Home of the Brave. Haaaaaaaaaa!
Brian S Staveley www.TheRealNewsOnline.com