The foundations of the internet began to shake once web users got wind of the United States house bills, SOPA and PIPA, but no one could have foreseen the events that would take place on Thursday. The War for Freedom online would kick into high gear on January 19th, 2012.
Feds Shutdown Megaupload, Anonymous Strikes Back
Federal prosecutors came in swiftly to take down one of the largest file storage and delivery services online.The anti-piracy efforts aimed at Megaupload, made many eyebrows rise, specifically those of Anonymous.
The hacking collective was not pleased with the shutdown of Megaupload and as such coordinated one of its largest attacks aimed at the Department of Justice, RIAA, MPAA, and Universal Music Group.
Casualties of War
With the internet war for freedom in full swing, casualties have already begun to mount up.
CEO of Megaupload and hip hop producer, Swizz Beatz, recently came under fire when the file sharing site went extinct yesterday. Whether Swizz will be taken into custody is still up in the air.
Music producers who sell beats online have also been affected in dramatic fashion. Megaupload was a popular place for beat makers to store tracked out files of their beats and instrumentals. The tracked out files are typically sent to purchasers of exclusive rights. This practice quickly ended due to the shutdown.
My Flash Store Customers
Prior to Megaupload’s demise , the beat selling website, My Flash Store recommended the following to it’s users:
“You cannot upload your trackout to myFlashStore, instead you will need to upload the zip fle to a third party upload service then copy and paste the download URL into the box below. We recommend using MegaUpload as they are FREE and give you 200GB upload space.
Sign up to MegaUpload here http://www.megaupload.com/?c=signup
After saving the download URL below, it will then be sent automatically to your customer in the order confirmation email only when an exclusive licence has been purchased.”
Producers who used Megaupload to automate their beat sales could only watch helplessly as their exclusive beats disappeared. There is currently no way to access Megaupload account files. As a consequence, producers can no longer deliver tracked out files to their customers through the file sharing service.
I personally used Megaupload’s services to share files with my mailing list subscribers. When the Megaupload shutdown occurred, I was no longer able to deliver my emails effectively. The links to megaupload files that I’d sent to people suddenly were all dead. I am now faced with the dilemma of trying to find a new, reliable website for file sharing.
It isn’t clear whether Megaupload’s shutdown is a test of SOPA and PIPA in action but one thing is certain. The extinction of the website has hurt many beat makers’ businesses and angered the music production community.
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