Megaupload filesharing website shutdown
Megaupload one of the world’s biggest online file sharing companies was “Taken Down” by U.S. authorities on January 19, 2012. The case is being called “the largest criminal copyright cases ever brought by the United States”. The move on Megaupload was timed carefully to enhance the effect of the, now failed, attempt to pass Bill 3261 or H.R. 3261 AKA SOPA.
The move has had a big impact on similar companies like filesonic who disabled their file sharing services between its users today. Jon Russell in an article for thenextweb.com emphasizes the true seriousness of what this kind of move really means for such firms. -”The repercussions of such a move are company-ending for dedicated file sharing services on the Web.”
Things are looking a little grim for people that want file sharing to continue to shape our lives. On the other side it would be foolish to underestimate the sheer number of people that support this paradigm. Shortly after the U.S. authorities made the move on Megaupload Anonymous launched hack-attacks and took down government & record label sites. And tools like this WordPress plugin RePress have appeared that enable anybody running a WordPress site to act as a proxy to unblock websites that have been shut down like Piratebay. – Turbulent and critical times ahead.