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The stink of differential justice is yet again smelled surrounding a massive "anti-piracy" effort

There are a number of things curious about the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigations and U.S. Department of Justice's haphazard takedown of the popular content storage site Megaupload among them:

+ If the site was truly involved in $500M USD in copyright threat, what took the FBI so long to act?  The site has been live for seven years now and used by millions of Americans.

+ How is Megaupload fundamentally any different than Google Inc.'s (GOOG) YouTube?  Like YouTube users upload content which the site cannot control.  Megauploads admins have suspended accounts in the past for users who were caught uploading copyrighted work.

+ If Megaupload was so evil why did many major artists support it?  (Last we checked big pop artists are no fans of sites who deliberately promote infringement.)  And why did these big music labels try to stop those artists from showing their support?

+ But most of all:

Why is Megaupload's CEO, famous American DJ, rapper, and producer Swiss Beatz (best known as the husband of Alicia Keyes, perhaps) not named in the lawsuit?

Virtually every other employee -- including the company's CMO and CTO -- at Megaupload is facing criminal piracy charges, but for some reason this key American music insider was not even mentioned in the Grand Jury's complaint [PDF].

Some have pointed out that Swiss Beatz owns no stake in Megaupload, merely served as its leader.  But that hardly makes a difference, given that he was leading a company that the feds claims was profiting off infringement.

Swiss Beatz
[Image Source: GQ Magazine]

To Swiss Beatz credit, he surely never wanted Megaupload to be whacked down like this -- he was its biggest fan, and convinced many artists of its merits.  And it's hard to fault him for keeping quiet -- after all who would rather be in jail than free?

Swiss Beatz
[Image Source: HipHop DX]

But this yet again shows the differential brand of justice that is applied to piracy in America.  Major music labels troll the internet looking for people to sue, yet at the same time steal hundreds of millions in yearly revenue from small independent artists by seizing and selling their work under questionable laws.

SOPA House author Rep. Lamar Smith (R- Tex.) or his staff stole copyrighted images from a small artist and used them without payment or citation on the campaign site that helped elect him, yet now he wants to imprison Americans for intellectual property theft?

And what about the rest of Congress, who were initially so supportive of SOPA/PIPA, while their offices were caught illegally torrenting pornography and other copyrighted work?  

And how can Rupert Murdoch support SOPA when his own employees were caught stealing text messages and voice mails from the families of murdered children and dead soldiers, in a sickening profit scheme?

Clearly the American justice system consists of two groups -- "the proles", which contains everyone from your college educated professionals to your McDonald's Corp. (MCD) fast food workers, and then "the inner party", a fortunate lot that includes millionaire musicians, big media executives, and their hired help (politicians).

Source: New York Post



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By thatmikeguy on 1/23/2012 4:19:21 PM , Rating: 2
+ If the site was truly involved in $500M USD in copyright threat, what took the FBI so long to act?

LOL, yeah it usally takes longer! Look at politicions within the US, or anything outside of the US, this is not just about the US.

+ How is Megaupload fundamentally any different than Google Inc.'s (GOOG) YouTube?

They may be.

+ If Megaupload was so evil why did many major artists support it?

Major artists = major smart? They thought it further their carrier?

+ But most of all:

Why is Megaupload's CEO, famous American DJ, rapper, and producer Swiss Beatz (best known as the husband of Alicia Keyes, perhaps) not named in the lawsuit?

He did not do one or more of these things:

each knowingly and intentionally combined, conspired, and agreed together and with each other,
and with other persons known and unknown to the Grand Jury, to commit offenses against the
United States in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1956 and 1957, namely:
(a) to knowingly conduct and attempt to conduct a financial transaction
affecting interstate and foreign commerce, which in fact involved the proceeds of the specified
unlawful activity of criminal copyright infringement with the intent to promote the carrying on of
the specified unlawful activity of criminal copyright infringement, and that while conducting and 54
attempting to conduct such financial transaction knew that the property involved in the financial
transaction represented the proceeds of some form of unlawful activity in violation of Title 18,
United States Code, Section 1956(a)(1)(A)(i);
(b) to transport, transmit, and transfer and attempt to transport, transmit, and
transfer a monetary instrument and funds from a place in the United States to and through a place
outside the United States, and to a place in the United States from or through a place outside the
United States, with the intent to promote the carrying on of the specified unlawful activity of
criminal copyright infringement, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section
1956(a)(2)(A); and
(c) to knowingly engage and attempt to engage in monetary transactions in
criminally derived property of a value greater than $10,000 that is derived from the specified
unlawful activity of criminal copyright infringement, in violation of Title 18, United States Code,
Section 1957




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