Hey Marko - I've been following this story with much interest, even published a couple of articles re the MegaUpload closure myself. Seems to me there is more behind the MegaUpload raid than just copyright infringements, I guess we won't be aware of the full story/charges until actual court proceedings commence.
I believe you've hit the nail on the head, and most fair minded people would have to agree. However, there is another element here which is pretty scary. MegaUpload was based in Hong Kong with affiliations in Europe, to the best of my knowledge they had no business affiliations in the USA at all. I think it's frightening indeed when U.S. Federal authorities can traverse international boundaries to enforce laws which are essentially relevant only to their own country.
Not to mention the the hard-nosed way they went about it, with little thought for consequences and zero regard for legitimate users. The last I heard, those innocent people who utilized MegaUpload to store their own personal data will lose it all, all their precious photos, documents, etc.
I so agree with your comments on the U.S. media industry, I am continually amazed by the depth of their greed. Entertainers, actors, directors, film studios, record companies, recording artists, anyone and everyone connected with the industry earn mega bucks and yet still desire more and more - it seems they are insatiable.
Take the movie industry for example; they make mega millions from the initial cinema release, then more millions from DVD/Bu-ray rights, then even more millions from sales to pay TV companies, and then even more from sales to free-to-air. And, as you rightly point out mate, none of this comes cheaply to the end consumer. The greed and subsequent overcharging it creates is what fuels the pirate industry in the first place.
I agree with all your points of view but I also believe it is time that both the U.S. media industry and Feds pulled their combined heads in and concentrated on what is occurring in their own country, they are not Global authorities - not to the best of my knowledge anyway.