Megaupload gets taken down?
2012. The year which signaled the the End of the World. And just only 20 days after the new year, we are already treated with an ominous sign – Megaupload was taken down by the US government, signifying the beginning of the end. As of 20 January 2012, the megaupload file host is no longer in service. US had shut down it’s service, claiming that the site spreads copyright material.
Megaupload’s founder, Kim Schmitz, had already been arrested and he is not the only one. The other executives of Megaupload were arrested as well, under the name of SOPA/PIPA, a newly law enforced just around October last year. The funny thing is that megaupload isn’t even based on US, just that it’s servers are US servers. A chill ran through my spine as I think what would happen to the other file hosts as time progresses..
Some of my friends, who still had ongoing megaupload premiums, doesn’t seem like they had their money refund for them. This poses a lot of questions for me which would define the future. Will the uploaders continue uploading quality materials with such strict laws? What will happen to us downloaders? Will the government find and track down every single downloader in the world? Seeing that they had arrested megaupload executives outside of US like Hong Kong, New Zealand and so on, this is not a totally impossible possibility. Damn. This new SOPA bill could seriously censor out EVERYTHING as long as it had something to do with the internet.
I shuddered, just thinking about the impending doom of us internet users. Seems like our ultimate enemy is the law itself, the SOPA. I think this is the time where, we, the internet users come in. I think just yesterday, wiki just blackout itself to spread the SOPA awareness, I don’t know if this is even going to be a fruitful effort but it’s better then sitting still and do nothing.
*Gets possessed by Lelouch*
It is time for us internet users to come together as one and fight! My comrades! Whether or not you downloads anime, music, movie or whatever, let us change our fate, together!
So long, the unimaginable mass of uploads in the server and so long, to all the wonderful megaupload staffs who had made such a wonderful file host and so long indeed, megaupload. I, Kai, will swear that your sacrifice will not be in vain! We will avenge you!
Well, anyhow, this is really gloomy news, especially for us anime fans who downloaded tons of anime in the web. I’ll make my next few posts a bit brighter :D Probably back to my reviews recollection project, I swear I’ll get this project done even if the world is going to end!