MPAA and RIAA Members Had Hundreds of Megaupload Accounts…

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Does it make you uncomfortable that Kim Dotcom is getting his assets back? The good news is if you join his political party, you’ll be treated to racetrack rentals and mansion picnics.

Now for some troubling information from the other side.

The MPAA and the RIAA both recently sued Megaupload. Now Megaupload has shared some interesting information with TorrentFreak.

Megaupload claims that 490 Megaupload accounts actually belonged to MPAA and RIAA members.

People working at Disney, Warner Bros., Paramount, 20th Century Fox, Universal Music Group, Sony, Warner Music, and more all had registered accounts.

181 of these accounts were paid premium. Together, these users uploaded 16,455 files totaling 2,097 GB.

Megaupload said these accounts had addresses that could be easily linked back to these studios. It’s not clear if they mean IP addresses, physical addresses, or e-mail addresses.

TorrentFreak also points out that many of these studios tried to work with Megaupload in the past. Warner Bros., Disney, and Fox all reached out to Megaupload and Megavideo to discuss advertisements and content syndication.


Nina Ulloa covers breaking news, tech, and more. She started and runs the music blog West Coast Fix. Follow her on Twitter: @nine_u

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11 Responses

  1. jw

    I would assume that “addresses” means e-mail addresses. You can infer that someone is a Disney employee if they’re given the e-mail address The torrent freak article seems to suggest that many other employees of these companies might have signed up with a yahoo or gmail or hotmail or whatever account, and would be more difficult to trace back to their employer.

    I don’t think it has anything to do with physical addresses. I don’t think that was even a part of the sign-up process unless they needed a billing address for a premium account.

  2. ks

    what a desperate load of spin.

    16.455 files totalling 2,097 GBs is an average of what? 130 MBs per file?

    or per alleged disney user that’s 11.59 GBs.

    the pirates are always fishing for dunces to sway.

    • Nina Ulloa

      “ehhhh they only uploaded small files so who cares”


      • ks

        yes, nina. lacking any additional information, who really cares who had registered accounts with megaupload?

        this is mere b.s. spin by a criminal. SO WHAT if those employees had registered accounts? did the criminal proffer any evidence that there was anything other than use for legit purposes? NO.

        oh my goodness! file lockers with family photos! file lockers with video of the summer vacation! nefarious!

        a criminal and his defense team trying to muddy the waters. not terribly original, and only works on sheep.

        in addition to infringers and counterfeiters, legit users also made use of megaupload. gasp!

        • Tom

          But the MPAA lawyer was in the media saying the Megaupload was 100% used for piracy and had no legume te purpose. So either they are lying about no legit use or all the MPAA & RIAA users where in fact pirates themselves or pirate enablers. Can’t be finding Megaupload responsible for piracy that the movie & record companies where a direct party to themselves.

          • Anonymous

            Maybe musicians are statistically most likely to be the biggest music pirates? You can’t be a musician without being a music fan and musicians are not likely to have a lot of money.

          • AitchDee

            I’ll tell y’all this: I have worked in the indie sector all my life…yet I have never known any of my colleagues using peer-to-peer file sharing sites. To do so be an anathema. (Plus, no-one trusted they wouldn’t pick up viruses in the process).

  3. Versus

    So what? Owning a Megaupload account is not proof that one was infringing intellectual property rights. If these alleged account owners were indeed infringing, then they should be penalized as well as Megaupload should. Pointing fingers at the illegal activities of others does not justify one’s own.

  4. J. Tillwalk

    This should come as no surprise but the legal departments in Disney, Warner Bros., Paramount, 20th Century Fox, Universal Music Group, Sony, Warner Music, and most other media companies all have accounts in order to collect evidence for litigation. Once again, your article is totally worthless.

  5. Willis

    Those accounts were put in place purely for research purposes…right?