The SOPA & PIPA legislation certainly was knocked down and political backing withered away once the public outcry was too much for even Washington to ignore. That didn’t stop the government from overstepping their bounds again.
A federal indictment and arrests occurred today and the sites were taken down. NY Times article.
It’s surprising the US government was able to coordinate in order to bring down a file sharing site actually based in elsewhere.
I’m having a hard time swallowing the idea of arresting people who run a company in one country based on, at best, shaky laws from a different country. The US, again, acts like we are the World Police.
Unfortunately, we really are closer to the marionettes portrayed in the film. [NOTE- I am referring to SupePACs, big business, Hollywood, the Military Industrial Complex, etc really running the country].
But lets not get all into the conspiracy theories and anarchy talk. Lets talk about something closer to home.
The XBMC Icefilms plugin, which I use extensively, relies heavily on MegaUpload for many of its files. Taking the site down effectively makes the plugin useless. This makes me sad. This makes my family sad. We cut the cable many months ago and are having a hard time finding a way to get the entertainment we need. We are willing to pay for what we actually are interested in.
The fact that Icefilms is a legitimate way for people to share access to (mostly) media they own or resources that are community property makes it a great part of my home media setup. Others obviously feel the same.
The hacker community over at XBMC Hub had a new update to Icefilms for XBMC on iOS within hours (v 1.0.22) that uses 2Shared as an alternative.
I take two things from this:
- Big media companies are in their death throws and are stopping at nothing to try and hold on to the monopoly and current price structures they have
- How artists create and disseminate their works and how consumers want to access it is changing
I hope we are able to make the transition peacefully and that the new media consumption paradigms will allow for more & greater personal and collective expression, sharing and results in a richer human condition.
MegaUpload already has a new IP. They don’t have a demain name yet, but it proves my point that you cannot keep these changes from happening.
The Megaupload site referred to previously is likely to be a DOS site. Don’t use it. In the meantime, there have been several updates to Icefilms for XBMC (now v 1.0.23) that now redirect users to 2Shared. This is another file sharing site that really is not up to par with others (hence it was used sparingly before).