Fight Back: Government Shuts Down MegaUpload
Unbelievable: After history's largest online protest, the U.S. Government nonchalantly responds with the middle finger. The Wall Street Journal reports:
The FBI shut down Thursday one of the world's most popular file-sharing websites, MegaUpload.com, and announced the arrest of four of the people behind it in a global crackdown against the suspected online pirates.
Here -- check it out: If SOPA and PIPA pass it'll just broaden the government's power to do things like this: MegaUpload.com. (And make it ILLEGAL for us to link to sites that are seized -- like we just did in the last sentence.)
As MegaUpload's website notes -- er... noted:
The fact is that the vast majority of mega's Internet traffic is legitimate, and we are here to stay. If the content industry would like to take advantage of our popularity, we are happy to enter into a dialogue.
We've been saying for months that these bills would criminalize and blackout innovation in America. An extremely popular startup was just shut down and its employees extradited and arrested, merely because Hollywood didn't like some of the technical details of how they ran their site.
But these technical details are exactly the same as those used by YouTube, Amazon, and Dropbox. PIPA/SOPA supporters keep saying these bills would never hurt sites like that -- now it's clear that can't possibly be true.
Just fill out the form at right to tell Obama and your lawmakers to stop messing with the Net!
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