With the war on online piracy well under way, it appears that the scenes are beginning to resemble some of the trite Hollywood movies which many of the people under investigation are accused of pirating.
The MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) have been leading the crackdown of the uploading and downloading of copyrighted material such as films and music, spearheading the failed SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act).
However, they have had more success getting a major file sharing site, Megaupload, taken down. The popular website, which is used to upload and share large files by enough users to account for 4% of the internet’s total traffic, is alleged to have earned more than £112 million through illegally distributing copyrighted materials by the FBI.
If everything didn’t already sound like had been plucked from the latest gangster film, Dotcom now faces extradition to the USA, where if convicted of his charges, including money laundering and embezzlement, could face up to 55 years in prison, putting himself up for the title of tabloid Internet Supervillain with notorious secrets leaker Julian Assange.
While Dotcom’s extravagant playboy lifestyle of flash cars, massive mansions and giant giraffe statues may have also reflected that of a Bond villain, his capture is unlikely to be the end of this saga. The extra pressure on file sharing sites has also led to the voluntary shut down of FileSonic, a similar service to Megaupload, have responded to Kim Dotcom’s arrest by stopping its users from sharing files as a safeguard against being forcibly shut down.
So with or without SOPA it looks like the crackdown on file sharing is well and truly under way. But with internet vigilante groups such as Anonymous willing to fight in the corner of services that facilitate the open sharing of content, we could well be about to see a war on the internet.
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