Mega Uploaded! Feds Shutter Site and Arrest Dot Com!

Regular readers will recall my recent post about Megaupload Ltd. v. Universal Music Group, Inc., 11-cv-6216-CW (N.D. Cal. Dec. 16, 2011), in which the alleged piratical website operator Megaupload moved ex parte for a temporary restraining order against record label UMG for “sabotaging [Megaupload’s promotional video] campaign through abuse of the notice and takedown procedures of the” DMCA.

Apparently, the Depart. of Justice has already made up its mind about Megaupload, filing a five-count indictment–including allegations of copyright infringement, conspiracy to commit money laundering and racketeering–and having four employees arrested in New Zealand, including Kim Dotcom, Megaupload’s outspoken leader.  Although Megaupload is headquartered in Hong Kong, some of the alleged pirated content was hosted on leased servers in Ashburn, Va., which the Feds used to claim jurisdiction in the Eastern District of VA.  The website, which claimed to have 50 million daily users and ranked in the top 20 most visited websites, was shuttered as well.  Visitors to the site were greeted with the following:

The Indictment is here
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