Earlier this week the Motion Picture Association of America sued Megaupload for “massive copyright infringement”. On April 10th, 2014 the Recording Industry Association of America filed a similar lawsuit on behalf of Warner Music Group, Universal Music Group.
The RIAA says Kim Dotcom, Megaupload CTO /co-founder Mathias Ortmann, majority shareholder Vestor Limited, and head programmer Bram van der Kolk “willfully engaged in, actively encouraged, and handsomely profited from massive copyright infringement of music on the Megaupload service“.
They also say Megaupload made $175 million in illegal profits while costing the music industry half a billion dollars.
Ira Rothken, Kim Dotcom’s attorney, told Ars Technica:
“…Megaupload used copyright neutral technology and whatever allegations they can make against Megaupload they can make against YouTube, Dropbox, and others.”
A Spanish court recently ruled that ”offering advanced P2P technology doesn’t automatically encourage exploitative acts nor does it promote an unfair advantage”. But this isn’t Spain… The U.S. shut down Megaupload in 2012 for copyright infringement. Kim Dotcom is currently fighting extradition to the United States.
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