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Why Megaupload's Kim Dotcom Might Walk Free
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Reggie62
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4/25/2012 | 1:34:28 AM
re: Why Megaupload's Kim Dotcom Might Walk Free
Funny isn't it?? The FBI, I'm sure would be the first to prosecute anyone for destruction of evidence in any other case.. That is perverting the course of justice, is it not??
Andrew Hornback
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4/25/2012 | 1:00:26 AM
re: Why Megaupload's Kim Dotcom Might Walk Free
Let's see if I've got the math straight here...

Organization collects $175 Million in subscription and advertising revenues.

"Ringleader" of the organization claims that the Federal Government has eliminated 220 jobs. An average of $795k+ per individual. Must be one hell of a group of clothing designers at that price. No wonder designer clothes are so expensive.

Getting back to the topic at hand - what's scary about this case is that the FBI wants to have these 1100 servers deleted, that seems to be throwing out the copyrighted material along with the legitimate users' material.

If the systems can be kept off-line without being deleted, doesn't that suffice to stop this organization? From what I know of Internet advertising, if the servers aren't running, ads can't be served, so that revenue stream is at a full stop. And with regards to Internet hosting, if you don't pay for it, it'll get taken off-line. But, the alternative would be to have the FBI comb through the contents of those servers... at which point there will definitely be some form of Invasion of Privacy outcry.

This is just one big mess... I just wonder why the Feds can't bring a higher level of charges in American courts, based on the fact that Megaupload had a number of servers based out of the United States. Considering that each download could possibly constitute a charge of piracy and or distribution of copyrighted material - which I tend to recall is illegal in the United States. With the number of possible charges that could be brought, that could certainly run into more than 5 years of possible jail time.

Andrew Hornback
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4/24/2012 | 11:17:23 PM
re: Why Megaupload's Kim Dotcom Might Walk Free
@readers: What is your opinion of the government's case against Megaupload?
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