Last month, Megaupload became the most recent establishment to feel the wrath of the media giants and were taken down quite spectacularly, almost overnight and without warning.
Unfortunately, for those legitimate users, it meant loosing what data they had paid for although it has been reported they will be given access to retrieve what they have. However, like a few other key names in the file sharing business, it's really of no great surprise that these guys have finally been taken down, but it does now beg the question about other similar file sharing services and why are they still active when most of them will be holding copyright material?.
As most here will know, I'm not a fan of the media giants, never have been and never will be - as far as I'm concerned they're greedier than the one's trying to ride off the back of the success of pirating videos, music or applications and as far as I'm concerned it was the media giants who gave us the tools to start copying material in the first place, like high speed tape recorders, DVD burners, and all manner of other reproductive machinery and mediums that were "intended" for our own private use. These companies have contributed to what is the beast they cannot tame, yet at the same time they won't do anything constructive about it like offer us a yearly subscription at a reasonable price so we can download films or music legitimately - even a subscription of a few quid per month would surely go a long way towards turning a lot of people away from downloading illegally?.
As for Megaupload, I'm sorry but I really don't have a great deal of sympathy for them, at the end of the day they were profiting quite happily from the distributing of copyrighted materials which as we all know is illegal, they knew it, we knew it and quite obviously the media giants knew it.
A few months ago, I read an article which explained how rapidshare.com was experiencing a massive decline in it's income because they were removing copyrighted material from their servers and so all the warez and indexing sites began directing their business elsewhere, possibly to megaupload!.
BTJunkie, a popular Bit Torrent indexing site, also announced on Monday that it was closing it's doors voluntarily after hearing about the Megaupload move which just goes to show that these moves are having an effect on the whole file sharing communities - people are beginning to feel a little nervous and are closing doors!.
At the end of the day, I can't really say anything good about either side to be honest, the media giants are so greedy and will do anything they can to keep up the cost of films and music, the warez or torrent sites will continue to try and profit from illegally distributing the materials and the end user will continue to try and have this material for nothing - it all revolved around money (as per usual).
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