Megavideo Shut Down, The Beginning Of The End For Piracy?

Just as the world debates the SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) coming into law, one of the biggest and baddest piracy websites has been shut down with accusations that the owners have cost copyright holders over $500 million in lost revenue.

Megavideo shut down

Megaupload and sister site Megavideo were infamous file-sharing and video websites that let users share and watch files, many of them illegal, and many of them movies and TV shows. The sites were shut down by a US government department.

It is reported that the Fed have taken into custody seven individuals, who they say are part of a, “Mega Conspiracy, a worldwide criminal organization whose members engaged in criminal copyright infringement and money laundering on a massive scale”. If convicted, the defendants will face up to 20 years in jail and fined up to $175 million.

The shutdown of the high-profile sharing sites could be in direct response to the mass online protests against the planned PIPA and SOPA anti-piracy bills being debated in the US Congress. The Megaupload site was run by a man called Kim Dotcom and six other individuals.

The FBI said of the takedown, “The estimated harm caused by the conspiracy’s criminal conduct to copyright holders is well in excess of $500 million. The conspirators allegedly earned more than $175 million in illegal profits through advertising revenue and selling premium memberships.”

This is huge news as megaupload was easily one the biggest file-sharing websites on the Internet. Although there re still plenty of others such as Rapidshare etc., the owners of those sites will not be sleeping well, we would imagine.

The site takedown notice comes just after massive website protests against the two piracy bills that are being debated by Congress. Although the acts are supposed to help in the fight against piracy and content theft, many think the powers are too great. Websites such as Google, Facebook and Wikipedia have protested (some with 24hr blackouts) that the internet should remain free and largely uncensored.

Even if the acts are not passed, the shutting down of high a high profile video sharing site shows the intentions of the US Government for the coming year.

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119 Comments

  1. Kokas Calloo
    Kokas Calloo January 20, 2012 at 6:26 am

    How hypocritical can the US Federal Government can be. Why not trying to recover all the money that have been stolen from Innocent Law abiding American Citizens through their so Infamous Subprime Letting? Why not descend on Wall Street and arrest all those thieves who strive on innocent people? No, this cannot be done because Corruption and Favoritism Do Not Allow them to do so. Yes, we all know Piracy in any form is Illegal and it also harbours Criminals but be Realistic what is more important the Celebrities’ Royalties or the Law abiding Citizens who are now HOMELESS, HUNGRY AND DESPERATE? Can someone with Brains please tell me or even someone with a bit of HUMANITY IN THEM please do tell me.

  2. Daz
    Daz January 20, 2012 at 7:03 am

    Seems you don’t know the whole story, yeah they had some ilegal vids up there, but as soon as they were reported they were taken down. If you check out Youtube and do a search for movies you’ll find they have hundreds of illegal clips and movies on there as well. Perhaps the feds would like to take that site down also?

  3. guy fiedi
    guy fiedi January 20, 2012 at 7:07 am

    End of piracy..as if there are already another 40 other sites just like this one ready to take the workload and the users that come along with it

  4. Dildo Baggins
    Dildo Baggins January 20, 2012 at 9:26 am

    It’s a shame because poor people like me now *S??* UP WOMAN. Can’t watch great TV programs.

  5. deathtap
    deathtap January 20, 2012 at 10:01 am

    The Beginning Of The End For Piracy?

    No. Only the USA will get screwed if SOPA/PIPA actually gets passed. That would mean that websites outside USA jurisdiction will proceed as normal. That would mean more people would use proxies to access this content.

    So no.

  6. Jon
    Jon January 20, 2012 at 10:43 am

    Come on get real. The next Megavideo website will be up before you know it. I could mention at least 6 similar sites off the top of my head.

    The simple fact is that video and music can easily be copied, recorded and rebroadcast.

    TV companies should find a new business model such as making the goods cheaper so we dont bother pirating stuff. I will never stop pirating and all the threats of “we will catch you” are all bull. They have lost the war and doing something like this will just make more people create more sites.

  7. Linda
    Linda January 20, 2012 at 11:29 am

    The us is becoming more of a communistic country then a free one, Megaupload is similar to youtube, copyrighted things got taken down when reported! Go &$@ down youtube, and Veoh then if it is such a hassle, myspace, facebook also host pirated content too, they just get taken down in the same way megaupload did. So america if your going to do it do it right, might as well !%t$ down the internet as a whole.

  8. Matt
    Matt January 20, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Well they just trumped the need for SOPA and PIPA. Situation solved.

  9. James
    James January 20, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    what SOPA and PIPA don’t understand is piracy is illegal anyway what they are doing is stopping anyone from posting any information about the products which i might add youtube is the biggest advert on the internet everyone goes there to find thing about there favorite games, bands ect
    this isn’t piracy its blogging, reviewing and commentating.
    if some companies want to stop all this i say be my guest but dont drag every company into it.
    e.g EA Games approve of SOPA however Activation don’t
    simple remove all EA Games info off the internet apart from their own site then let them see how much money they will make

  10. Stephen
    Stephen January 20, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    The end of an era. Watching movie online will not be the same again. Today, as you probably know Megavideo and its affiliate sites went down. Being one of the most viewed sites on the internet (Rank 12) and the single highest provider of all the movies and tv shows we all love to watch online, it will change the internet. Since Megavideo ?##$ down, less than 24-hours ago, it has sparked a chain reaction that has pushed other sites, such as VideoBB (another leader in watching videos) into deleting all illegal content. This will inevitably lead to other smaller video sites doing the same.

    The movie and tv show sites you go to and love, whatever site it is, will have already HALFED the amount of links on its site. In the near future this will have fallen even lower. Eventually, these sites will &U@% DOWN. The movie/tv streaming part of the internet died today.

    Thanks America, thanks a lot.

  11. sidney
    sidney January 20, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    they had 175 million in the bank they could confiscate

    the 1 percenters just love to get their hands on those kind of dollars

    so the rich get richer and the poor get poorer

    the revolution was started by mr obama…its time to really get serious about this

    let the internet remain free

  12. simon
    simon January 20, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    “Illegal profits from membership subscriptions and advertising”….WHAT IS F**N ILLEGAL ABOUT THAT ??!!

  13. Jim
    Jim January 20, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    LOL…there are 100′s of places I can watch whatever I like when I like. And another website just like megavideo will start up next month with tighter isp address etc. Who cares?

  14. Vince
    Vince January 20, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    When dvd copies and such stuff became the standard in dvd For china the companies seeing that there was no way they could totally end pirating they simply lowered their price and what a surprise they had when they realized that peoples change their habit and returned to real cd and real dvd. It was a boom more demand for dvd and cd they ever had and they also made reccord sales… and more profit then before the piracy became mainstream.. I wonder what they are waiting for.. if the price was accessible i would buy stuff and not stream in online…

  15. Zack
    Zack January 20, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    Time for revolution

  16. Chives
    Chives January 20, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    Now i cant watch some films, this was the only good site, as prices rise up in cinemas its like £10 for a ticket its bloody stupid, but here is the thing megavideo is getting blamed for the piracy but shouldnt the americans be trying to catch the illegal people making the videos. because they will just upload to other websites and the whole process starts again.

  17. nitram
    nitram January 20, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    I agree that the sites need to be monitored for illeage good but when did the US become the world law. Every contuery should monitor thre part of the internet not them for the world.

  18. gabrichidze
    gabrichidze January 20, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    Problem is that this is selective attack. It is like shutting down General Motors for poluting enviroment but allowing Ford to keep producing cars. Youtube does exactly same and has same policy about keeping and removing content as megavideo had. But youtube is owned by bigger coorporation. And if they will acctually %?$@ youtube, then they can @**@ own whole Internet in once

  19. matt
    matt January 20, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    the internet is now crippled and this will affect us world wide, they’re going to get power hungry and black list any thing what opposes them and i thought the internet was free? and hopefully they realise how ridiculous the ants are and instead of spending this money on this, they could perhaps do something worth while instead of sitting on their backside pressing buttons and maybe some point in the next year mega video or some other website runs safely with what we had before

  20. Martin
    Martin January 20, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    F*** SOPA I AM P***** OFF AT THIS SH** THE US GOVERMENT GO F*** URSELF U DONT OWN THE F***ING INTERNET!!!

  21. dipesh
    dipesh January 20, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    Putlocker, novamov and the like are so ?%@&$ Megavideo had the best links by far, such a shame. Who wants to have to mute adverts after 5 mins of watching a programme?? look’s like we’ll all be doing that for a while now.

  22. alucar145
    alucar145 January 20, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    the fact of the matter is mega video is gone and the U.S. government is acting foolishly indeed there will always be people who want to get things for free and the acts that they are trying to pass wont actually stop it. All it will do is limit our rights and give the government more power. while streaming is illegal this in its self is a fares because a thought can not truly be owned. just because you where the first to think of it in that way does not mean you own it, and when it comes to censoring the internet further you are inter fearing with free speech and freedom of expression. when you try to take people rights in any way they will fight and the harder you push us the harder we push back.finally for any politician that thinks this is a good idea it will hurt you in the long run because you also use these sites and when it comes time for election those of you who messed with a lot of people lives won’t go very far and it will hurt all politicians because a lot of people only see the debates and hear what you have to say from sites like you tube etc.

  23. Biilly
    Biilly January 21, 2012 at 1:32 am

    American government. You just screwed the whole world over. Once again, F*** you.

  24. Lala
    Lala January 21, 2012 at 2:18 am

    The reason they are doing all of this is really because of the money companies are losing because no one is buying there stuff. I don’t understand, why don’t you just cut a deal. Say ABC or NBC or whatever gives the rights to their video’s to megavideo and takes 20% of their profit. This is way better because the tv station will be making a lot and it will stop such problems as they are happening now. That way its not illegal and the real problem and the real reason this bill is being passed (money) will be solved.

  25. Kristen
    Kristen January 21, 2012 at 6:12 am

    I do definetely not agree on shutting down megavideo. I live in a foreign country where they don’t play the same tv shows as in the US and instead of paying 60$ to get the DVDs I watch them on the computer so this is completely unfair for the other countries. So please US, stop thinking only about yourself!!!!

  26. WTF!!
    WTF!! January 21, 2012 at 7:01 am

    2012 isnt the end of the world, 2012 is the end of INTERNET!!!! UP YOURS SOPA!!!!!!!!!!!

  27. Light Yagami
    Light Yagami January 21, 2012 at 7:02 am

    I’m starting a petition for people who support SOPA. Can I have your name please?

  28. Stephen
    Stephen January 21, 2012 at 9:53 am

    LOL to Light… we can’t give you our names! If you write our names in the wrong notebook… we’re all dead!!!! :)

    I’m not a US citizen so I don’t think my vote counts :(
    It is highly rediculas, $500m isn’t much money, how much do the waste on other things, like wars, trying to be the strongest country, they probably spend more on milk per day then the money they’ll get from Megavideo, but they’ll **** off a whole lot of people!

  29. Lorena
    Lorena January 21, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    lol this is a desperate thing they’re doing. nobody can ever stop piracy. piracy always existed and always will. hackers are way more intelligent than the US SOPA staff or whatever. Internet can never be under control cause its a virtual world and u cant apply laws in a virtual world where everyone has access. If one page shuts down, a hundred more will replace it. this will only piss people off and they’re losing credibility and prolly start a revolution if this goes on. they really lost track of their limits. they can’t control anything if the majority of people don’t approve

  30. Vi
    Vi January 21, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    They even took down megaporn.

  31. Naughtyme
    Naughtyme January 21, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    Ok Ive had enough. America used to be looked up to as a free country, a country that set an example in peoples rights and freedom. This is no longer the case. The big brother (we didnt want) has turned into the big bully (still dont want). If the American people are too chicken !$t% to oppose their government which is supposed to serve them then we can.

    This is an international call: Trade in any currency except the US dollar. Oppose the American government, it’s laws and rules at every turn.

  32. islander800
    islander800 January 21, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    As others have pointed out, where is the action against the criminality on Wall Street that cost the world 12 trillion and counting?

    Talk about exposing the wizard behind the curtain for what he truly is. Protect the rich before all!

  33. MegGriffin
    MegGriffin January 21, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    It took them long enough to find the friggin site though didn’t it!?

  34. gloria
    gloria January 21, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    I live in a country where there is no chance to see the shows I have been watching on Megavideo. In case some of them are bought by a Tv channel here, I will most likely not be able to watch them anyway as the broadcasting time of the shows on TV does not usually suit me. That is why I loved the internet so much, I could watch what I wanted when I had the time to do so. And Megavideo was the best! It worked so smoothly and in good quality. Tonight I have been trying to watch two episodes of my favourite shows on other websites and it sucks! It keeps stopping, loading and reloading all the time. It is driving me nuts! I guess I will have to become an avid reader once again. Libraries will hopefully not be banned by the US government. I also think that if these stupid organisations were wise and able to plan long-term, they would have found a way to share the Megavideo profits or would have come up with something themselves to make money on the Internet. The megavideo audience is worldwide, it is not just some limited market. I can see the point of anti-piracy laws, but this is NOT a solution. I am sure the ban will not raise their profits as much as a completely different behaviour would. Instead, people will just watch the shows elsewhere or do something else, like reading or working out:-). I would even be willing to pay a REASONABLE price to be able to watch my favourite shows.
    Another interesting thing is, as somebody here pointed out, the culprits of the crises go unpunished and the US citizens pay the costs through their taxes, no problem, but when it is the entertainment industry who loses money, the government mans up and acts real fast! That is really sad.

  35. Kaoz
    Kaoz January 21, 2012 at 8:14 pm
      pffh cracking down on piracy? What a load of horse****, all they did was take down the most obvious one down, though I shed a tear for mega; there are still thousands of other backdoors to choose from and counting.

      All they truely done, is waste me 7mins of my time searching online for my “Illegal” material. So give SOPA a round of applause. If they try to take them all down then I say Good Luck, because they just waged a war with the wrong people.

      SCOREBOARD:
      SOPA-1. Piracy-99,999,998

  36. WTF! SOPA
    WTF! SOPA January 21, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    lot of f***king website are shuting down not online megavideo but other like videobb the SOPA and PIPA is trying to take down Google and facebook

  37. Endless Wars
    Endless Wars January 21, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    When you declare war against your own citizens (and abroad) and incarcerate them, abuse them and prosecute them such as we do. You are fighting a a war with no possible win. You essentially make it so they can’t get a good job with a record. You hold them in jail or prison for long terms and pay for it. That can not work because the people you need to pay for this oppression and %?%s*t?! are NOT going to able to generate the tax revenue anymore. It’s a dysfunctional ponzi scheme at best and the end WILL come. We just need to start standing up, assemble, bear arms and GROW SOME BALLS.

    I’d rather be @#&@$@& dead with justice and vengence for this – then alive with oppression, incarceration and abuse. Just my opinion.

  38. Norman
    Norman January 21, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    The end of the United States.

  39. Jaxx
    Jaxx January 22, 2012 at 12:02 am

    What a shocker & a loss not only to those 1 being myself who can only watch tv online – i just paid my usual premium to megaupload (2 months payment) & videobb (1 month payment) both this week & now i can’t watch anything. Money i really could of done with not spending this month as well. Somethings surely got to give. Now Videobb barely has anything on it’s site. It’s all so unfair & i think all premium payers should be reimbursed immediately

  40. Hmmmm.
    Hmmmm. January 22, 2012 at 12:37 am

    Interesting how the Fed’s haven’t targeted JVC, Sony, or Fuji Film for creating recordable DVD/CD/and Cassette mediums which can record and display pateneted, copyrighted and intellectual properties… any similarities to megavideo?

    Answer from the Government : No.

    They target megavideo. Because they were successful in creating a large customer base in what has been – up until now – a previously free market.

    I’m really hoping the US govt. wakes up to the reality that over-regulation is the biggest issue in the last 30 years, and has had the largest impact on recovery following recession. A lesson they could have learnt from the most over-regulated nanny state in the world… Australia. Hell, we just recieved a tax on air :(.

    God bless and good luck you fat b*******.
    A concerned citizen of the world.

  41. stue
    stue January 22, 2012 at 3:05 am

    other video hosting sites have removed hundreds of thousands of videos today on the 21st 2012, thank god for pirate bay

  42. Natalia
    Natalia January 22, 2012 at 11:20 am

    I agree with all of you. Internet is a free source where people enjoy themselves. Watch movies, listen to music, do their homework via Wikipedia and a lot more. My teacher’s use content from Youtube and Wikipedia all the time to support our learning and to give us support for exams. Seems like the US Government is wanting people not to become successful so they can have all the money to themselves, which is selfish, Many poor people share a computer at home( I used to be one of them before I moved to the UK) and I couldn’t afford to buy movies or games because they were so expensive. This is why people download stuff, because they cannot afford them. E.g, Sony Vegas Pro 10 costs £300. That is my mum’s weekly pay if not more. US should think of people that cannot afford things. Or make software affordable. That way many people would not download as much.
    Politicians have so much money on them, why not share the money with poor people in Africa? Children under the age of three die of malaria and politicians need to have a Private GP to deal with their flu and colds.
    I have an idea, if you think that downloading is affecting economy, how about paying footballers and artists less? They get 200m a month and 100m for pop stars and all they do is splash their cash. E.g. one daughter of a famous person splashed 1m on a crystal bath and people in Africa are starving to death. Is this fair? NO, No and NO!

    US Government you have enough authority about piracy, we don’t NEED ANYMORE!!!!!!

  43. GarryKE
    GarryKE January 22, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    Sorry but I agree with a guy up near the top: the US should stop poking their noses into world-wide matters. The US should concentrate on US-hosted services.
    Unless it’s taking over the world…
    Megavideo and others just get people to go to other sites. It’s not the beginning of the end of piracy. Just the end for Megavideo.

    One last note: look how much damn money these companies are making anyway, even with piracy. They can mostly afford to half their prices for their rubbish but they don’t; they just want money. Lower the god damn prices and they’ll get more business!

  44. mr zero
    mr zero January 22, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    How do we keep big business in business? The economy’s @&?$ thanks to globalisation/free trade/China so bye bye to those dollars forever+ the oil war is moot as we’ll be a clean energy (cleaner..) society soon enough. What viable American commodity is there left to exploit? Hollywood,Major music labels or maybe the jingle in the Wheaties add? In all fairness these dinosaurs have made their fortunes thousands of times over if not more. The obvious bigger picture? More of the long decline in the US economy,kicking and screaming. Internet censorship/regulation cannot be governed by one countries newly founded corporately sponsored laws under the thinly veiled guise of copyright infringement. Piracy will never stop as the internet by definition is a place where the community shares files/data (duh).Isn’t it why the damn thing was invented? Anyway, Megavideo is one of the coolest sites on the net. For the layperson it represents a progressive utilitarian entertainment choice unstifled by corporate crap. It’s easy and it’s free, unlike health care.. Thanks for forcing me off the sofa. I mean between pirate movies,the stock market and masturbation.. Think I’ll go ride my new Chinese bike as the sun’s out ; )

    All shareholder enquiries will be directed to the straw man relations team

  45. M
    M January 22, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    I think the fact of the matter is that Megavideo was sharing videos. After 72 minutes you get cut off BUT if you BUY a subscription (which the movie companies don’t see a penny off) then you can watch vids all day. Megavideo was making money off of movies that they had no part in making. I mean I strangely get what they are coming from. I clearly don’t like what’s going on. But in this single situation. I kinda get it.
    Call me crazy :P

  46. Jill
    Jill January 22, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    I think this is a great idea. I do not care about the negatives here. I mean think positive, it is safe for school, libraries, and orginizations. Also it will be safer for kids. I think the government is more concerned about children using the computers more then adults I went through 5 computers in the past and they all had viruses due to downloading media off the internet, but this was 4 years ago before I discovered Imesh and Limewire. My family did have me banned these sites on my newer computer, because I want it to last a few years! So anyway as a kid-at-heart person, I feal safer to be on the Internet now, then I ever was. I know it sounds scary for people, but hey, that is how the FBI runs. I was worried at first on how the new Presidential vote was gonna in November, and I did vote for these guys; they are working their very best to punnish these bad people for doing it in the first place. I remember when We where in schools; we never heard of these programs before on the Internet. We only used it for info and pictures. MIDI was also big then, for music tunes, not official mp3s at the time. So if you guys take a time machine, look-back at how the Internet started out slowly. I started using my first computer when I was 6 years old in the early 90s. I miss the old days of the Internet. I rather have be a safe, kind, and friendly server. Overall, We are paying $50 a month for our Internet provider. So there ya go guys. Everything IS NOT CHEAP NO MORE.. DOWNLOADING IS ILLEGAL, THE END… Just giving you guys my point of view in a my simple opinion. I love USA, I love America, I love the new President!

  47. obki
    obki January 22, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    you US government are f****** retarded. free video are always better than cheap video. some of us pay good money to verizon each month just to watch some of our favorite tv shows and movies. you just #%%@ down our one and only entertainment. f*** you just f*** up the whole america. f*** you SOPA. and f*** you you retarted government.

  48. Kyle
    Kyle January 22, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    I have not met a single rational unbiased human being who supports SOPA.

  49. Billy Bob
    Billy Bob January 23, 2012 at 1:01 am

    Stupid. Just stupid. I don’t pirate stuff. I don’t even watch pirated movies on Megaideo. I just watch TV shows, which are free anyway cuz’ they are on TV!!! Stupid feds.

    I am not a supporter of piracy, but I will say this: The FBI CANNOT eliminate piracy. If people want to pirate stuff they will, and all the FBI is doing is starting a battle that they WILL lose.

    Trying to eliminate piracy is like trying to eliminate all poverty in the world; it’s just too big to eliminate.

  50. jen
    jen January 23, 2012 at 3:42 am

    i have something to say and i hope the world hears it. why does the internet get punished for sharing i mean if the security was hard out at movie theatres and there was a better encryption on cd’s the internet users couldn’t get their hands on illegal stuff in the first place, i enjoy sharing on the internet its the only enjoyable thing thats free soon facebook and twitter will be h&?$ down as will youtube, i mean the site is llegal but some of its content is not. so if they go further to *@#@ down illegal stuff half the internet will be gone. id say leave the ineternet its only gunna create a mess and titen security that you dont want copyed. [my own opinion]

  51. AnimeLover
    AnimeLover January 23, 2012 at 4:52 am

    WELL there goes all the good anime sites, Most videos coming from megavideo or megaupload.
    God I hate USA, Thank god I live in CANADA. Jeez alot of people are going to be raging about this I won’t be suprised if USA had a riot over this. o_x’

  52. Bookworm
    Bookworm January 23, 2012 at 4:56 am

    Sorry to burst your bubble, Jill, but ‘DOWNLOADING’ is not illegal. You download things all the time, everyday. It’s downloading certain materials, not the act of downloading itself, that is illegal (and only so because big business bought our gov’t years ago).

  53. DOWN WITH SOPA + PIPA
    DOWN WITH SOPA + PIPA January 23, 2012 at 11:32 am

    You are trying to take away free rights as human beings some of us older people would like to reminise in the good old days by watching our old favourite shows on websites like megavideo but you *@**?&% think that you can just rule the world and be the money hungery u**&?!* that you are and take away our sites and stop us well guess what you will NEVER stop us there will always be websites and there will always be people who will fight against you!!!!!!!!!

  54. TSJ
    TSJ January 23, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    Might as well move to China. At least the economy is improving there.

  55. zoe
    zoe January 23, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    What good is this going to do? Seriously megaupload and megavideo aren’t the only file sharing sites out there. And besides things were constantly being taken down from those website for copyright infringement. But that doesn’t mean the entire site was illegal. Youtube and various other video sites have loads of pirated videos. You can watch movies and tv shows on youtube. What are they going to do next! Take down youtube? Then what. If everything ends up being censored and if this SOPA %### passes then we’re going to end up like ??%@%*$ China. No offense to anyone who’s Chinese. But in China the internet is censored. You can google things there and it won’t show everything. That’s communist bull &&?@* The government is not going to wipe out copyright infringement. It’s still going to happen. and i’m sure it still happens in many other countries but they’re not doing anything about it. I loved megavideo because it was a good way to watch tv shows that I had missed. I think they should just leave things alone. By doing this they’re just creating more problems.

  56. MegaViewer
    MegaViewer January 23, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    The only reason anyone ever watched anything on Megavideo is because when they googled for a show they wanted to watch on the internet instead of a legal, legit web-site published by that particular show’s license holder, megavideo was there, ready and waiting. If anyone lost out on money it’s because their business model was backward thinking and region locked. Take SGU for instance. I and a few friends watched the entire show on Megavideo – not because that was our first choice – but because otherwise we’d have waited nine months after the episodes were aired in America to see them in the UK. This is the brave new world folks – big business backed corrupt government hands you a plate of *$%$ and a cup of cold sick and you’d best say ‘nom nom nom, thanks!’ or off to jail with you…

  57. Kaylen
    Kaylen January 23, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    If only the feds would put as much effort into taking down the wall street money whores as they do going after “copy wright pirates”. It’s disgusting to see just how ass backwards priorities in america have become.

  58. Ducon Lajoie
    Ducon Lajoie January 24, 2012 at 10:42 am

    When will all the Megaupload subscribers that have posted private and perfectly legal stuff there sue (in a global joint action) DoJ, FBI, US gov and those multimedia companies for robery, hijacking AND piracy ? They paid for a service, they put there PRIVATE stuff that have been stolen !
    Perhaps should they organize themselves…

  59. Matthew
    Matthew January 24, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    Come on Megavideo and megaupload was awesome how could anyone !$!% then down thats going to p*** alot of people off encluding me i loved that site DAMMIT

  60. Matthew
    Matthew January 24, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    Just my personal opinion.

  61. d
    d January 24, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    i’m sure the government has used megavideo before ;-)

  62. Korilian
    Korilian January 26, 2012 at 4:55 am

    I wonder how that’s going to hold up in court, since from what I can tell, Megavideo was pretty quick about removing copyrighted material if someone reported it. Sure it would only get re-uploaded, but they can at least pretend they tried.

  63. Chris
    Chris January 26, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    I would be happy to pay a small sum to watch a basic cable TV show like Southland or Walking Dead, but I am not willing to continue coughing up $34 a month to Cox Cable for hundreds of channels and shows that are crap, just to watch the 8 or 9 series I do like. But instead of allowing us to buy channels a la carte, the cable companies have government supported monopolies. TNT or AMC could make some extra money allowing me to watch a specific show online via Megavideo or similar, with ads, but no they are in bed with the monopolies. So I will just wait until the season comes out on Netflix and watch an entire season of shows, sans ads, for $10 a month. Talk about cutting off your nose to spite your face. **** the 1% screwing the rest of us.

  64. allan
    allan January 27, 2012 at 6:58 am

    the thing about streaming movies and TV shows is this, movie companies arent losing any money as the people who stream wouldnt purchase said movie in the first place, they would just wait and watch it on tv eventually. we watch tv shows online because we in countries that arent america dont have that TV channel. so all this fighting the system of free movies etc, its always going to cost more than any money their actions will claw back.

  65. Nina
    Nina January 28, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    since when does America have control over the whole F***ING world???????????? they can’t just ban the website worldwide! because of this websites like VideoBB have deleted more than half of their videos and pretty soon all the others will do the same. if only people were reasonable and kept the cost of the original dvds low then maybe all this piracy stuff would stop! >:(

  66. bob
    bob January 28, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    We as americans ridicule other countries for their censoring internet, and we would like to think we are a “free” country with freedom of speech and expression. the government has been trying to take away our rights for the past 10 ****** years. Now we have a censored internet? congress is full of dumb**** who have no idea how the internet works. An alaskan senator thought the internet was some sort of physical building full of tubes and that emails are written in little notes sent through the tubes to their destination. The MPAA and RIAA manipulate their stupidity to take away the peoples rights so they can have more money in their fat pockets. This country used to be free, now im afraid its gone to ****.

  67. fight back
    fight back January 29, 2012 at 3:02 am

    is not about piracy its about controlling the internet they will have the power to #*# down any site they do not like

  68. ariana
    ariana January 30, 2012 at 9:07 am

    if theres one country i hate,its usa, now that uv closed these websites, how do u think pple from other contries r going to watch their programs or even feel after this, everything is all abt usa, usa,usa. Start thinking of others, instead of ur greedy selves.

  69. ariana
    ariana January 30, 2012 at 9:18 am

    these tv shows and the internet is some pple,s lives, they have alot going on and the only thing they feel like doing after all the stress and hardwork, is watching a funny will farell movie that can take their minds off of their problems, so this is wrong, this can also lead teenagers into things like smoking, doing drugs because they cant watch something to keep them busy and occupied. besides, THE COUNTRY, AMERICA,IS NOT THE KING OF THE WORLD. THEY SHUDNT TREAT OTHER COUNTRIES LIKE THEY ARE INVISIBLE, OR THINK THEYR THE ONLY ONES IN THE WORLD, CONSIDER OTHER COUNTRIES 2.

  70. ariana
    ariana January 30, 2012 at 9:20 am

    AND U WONDER Y THEY DIDNT &#&@ DOWN PORN SITES. INSTEAD OF THIS.

  71. drlovejoy
    drlovejoy January 30, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    is not about piracy its about controlling the internet they will have the power to &?%# down any site they do not like

    In the real world, they already have the power to $#$@ down your place of criminal business so what’s new ? The internet is no different then a public street. The same consequences you would face in the real world should also apply on the internet. What are you afraid of ?

  72. PhooBar
    PhooBar January 30, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    Let the whack-a-mole olympics begin.

    One goes down, two more pop up.

    Job security for the feds and the lawyers at RIAA.

  73. jeannedarc
    jeannedarc January 31, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    people don’t like being attacked like that ! if thos b******s think that shuting down sites like that is gonna make us buy their shit more, they’re mistaken ! if a movie stinks, i’m gonna stream it OR not watch it at all ! it’s just like that. hollywood doesn’t get that yet, but they will when they start loosing more money than they already do with their movies ( just because they suck and people refuse to pay for them). they thaink that by adding huge expensive special effects, more sex and blood ut’s gonna go all better. no, guys, crime doesn’t pay : you want to treat us like fools, you’re gonna be taken as fools as well.

  74. rogue
    rogue January 31, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    megavideo had a nerve to charge you to watch videos and not give money to the copyright holders people should just download not use website, bittorrent, or p2p

  75. Grindle
    Grindle February 1, 2012 at 6:01 am

    The Government as a whole is taking law way out of hand. A wile back i read an article about dialing for dollars. It involved a small company dealing in identity theft, however it was miss represented. There were about 7 people in that case that were charged as well and from what i gathered they were gaining information not to fill there pockets people hard earned money but to right a wrong this country is doing to itself. Spending money they don’t have and hiding from the responsibilities they have made for themselves. Although this is a different subject I am certain that there is far more depth involving this group and what was going on. I feel that these sites actually do companies harm in some regards, however how many people would have bought some of the shows out there that they had not streamed before? A lot of people are cautious with there money and don’t want to throw it away. However if its worth the money they will pay for it. I do think that the US citizens need to stand up for what they believe in and if that is protesting this then what probably should happen is we should stop buying entertainment items such as movies, music, and games. I mean i have not seen a add for a movie that actually told me what i was about to watch in a long time, so i don’t mind giving up any of these things. What I am wondering is why are the TV shows and other people making the music and movies are not trying to make a profit themselves by making there own site? If megavideo made $175 million out of the projected loss of $500 million (which probably is a lot less because people who stream don’t have money)they could make up there losses by making there own legal site.

  76. what
    what February 1, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    I don’t understand why uploading a video that you already own is illegal anyway. Especially tv shows. They are airing them on television for anyone with cable to see…. so if someone records it and posts it online for someone to see because they had to work the night that particular show was on.. what’s the big deal?
    Some t.v stations are already doing that, like global and ctv…

    For movies and music. If I pay for it then I should be able to do whatever the hell I want with it.
    If I want to invite 40 people over to my house to watch it or if I load it online so they can watch it in their own damn homes… it shouldn’t matter.

    I remember, when I was a kid I would record music off the radio.. maybe I should have been arrested for that…

  77. themadtroller
    themadtroller February 2, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    megavideo is down. who f**king cares? There are hundreds if not thousands of these websites on the world wide web! If this went down, i’ll just go to another one! this is BS. :(

  78. kerrie
    kerrie February 3, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    well if its a copy right thing what about the radio I rec all the time can I expect the FBI to break my door down and arrest me.and what about haveing people over to watch a movie I guess we can be arrested for that. this is BS people

  79. Someone
    Someone February 3, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    this is great there goes most of my anime.. THANKS ALOT U.S GOVERMENT! and most of the other sites that anime videos have been deleted… i mean they never said they were trying to claim it as their own their just trying to brodcast tv and anme too people who cant watch it on TV ecpessically anime since it does air in the U.S or in english

  80. pissed@sopa
    pissed@sopa February 4, 2012 at 12:53 am

    FKING SOPA IS SO GAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    NO MEGAVIDEO TO ME MEANS DEATH
    ADMENDMENT 1, FREEDOM OF SPEECH: THE VIDEOS EXPRESSES EVERYTHING

  81. sassafraster
    sassafraster February 4, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    What I find so irritating is that I used to be able to watch many of these television shows for free with a pair of bunny ears hooked up to my television. Now I’m being told that watching television (crammed full of product placements) is theft. It isn’t theft, by the way. The use of the word “piracy” needs to be challenged. Bandits off the cost of Somalia are pirates. Me, watching an episode of The Biggest Loser, without a cable subscription, is a ISP-paying citizen using my computers streaming abilities. It’s time to get real and tell our governments that they work for their citizens and NOT for their largest media companies.

  82. tyee
    tyee February 5, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    they !#*@ down megavideo so all the rich celebrities and producers can get richer. wow! Don’t we the regular people deserve something too!! haven’t we paid enough over the years. so what if we watch it for free. C’mon!

  83. Greenfox
    Greenfox February 6, 2012 at 1:50 am

    There have already been plenty of lawsuits against Youtube for copyright infringement. However, I never heard of anyone getting arrested for the fact that they have a website that has copyrighted material. I can go on their site right now and find copyrighted material. The reason the US Gov. is going after Megavideo is because they think the backlash will be smaller. The US Gov. is becoming much too powerful! I am a US citizen and I think this is absolutely ridiculous. Why not go after Facebook and Youtube? This is because they are much too popular here in the US to be shut-down…

  84. mad one
    mad one February 6, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    Wow this is such bs,way to start 2012 . IS just above and beyond wrong . the goverment needs to get the f— out of everyones shit like wow.

  85. New World Order
    New World Order February 7, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    The plan is put in motion “NEW WORLD ORDER”. First they control your internet content, next thing you know it they’re going to control when you eat and ?$&% or vice versa ?!t? then eat it. Who really knows what the Americans are into these days. Thanks a lot USA @$$*#%#*!&!!!! Look on the bright side who really needs the internet when you have %i$? to play with.

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  87. wow
    wow February 15, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    This is extremely ridiculous. Up to 20 years in prison? You need to do your jobs and catch real criminals. Rapists, thieves and murderers. It’s the internet for crying out loud. I am pissed at this turnout and will be making a protest pretty soon. Still there are tons of great sites out there so it isn’t over. Sucks for those for Megavideo though. I mean I always wanted to start my own site like they did but I had a feeling something like this would happen in the future.
    Shut down porn sites instead. That’s the real issue here.

  88. The Overseer
    The Overseer February 18, 2012 at 8:45 am

    To save the economy and keep up appearances concerning the value of both the dollar and the euro, governments will go beyond their knowledgefields to gain money, exploiting and abusing their power in any way they can, Obama, in his pursuit to succeed in his unreachable goals will attempt to take down all major companies who gain millions thru the internet, all minor websites with barely any profit will be left unharmed. Facebook, and all rich website owners, beware. This is not about piracy, this is 100% about money, you got money, they want it, it’s just like any other recource battle, like Oil. Greed will turn this world into a barren, rotten place, But while we thrive in riches and wealth, our children will starve, while suffocating, this is our worlds legacy to the future. For money billions died, and more are yet to be killed for it.

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  90. Michael P
    Michael P February 28, 2012 at 5:02 am

    F*** u sopa. You will never take the internet away from us!

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  93. epiclulz
    epiclulz March 20, 2012 at 9:14 am

    This one of the reasons people go and attack America, i mean they always put their nose were it isn’t wanted or needed i mean take a look at what happened in Iraq the CIA went in there in 1959, 63,68 and 79 making a coup and removing their leader from power and years later you ask “why did they attack us”, simple you put your nose were it doesn’t belong and were you don’t have the right to put it, and it looks like your gone and done it again, looks like your not going to learn why cant you go back to being xenophobic at least you didn’t think you owned the whole planet back then.

  94. Louie Pitt
    Louie Pitt March 21, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    Actually I think this piracy term is being used wrong here…I I buy a legal copy of a song on iTunes store…first thing that happends is that the itunes player automatically synchronizes my downloads with my iphone and my ipod and woops 2 more copies have been created when I actually pay one copy…every time I actually play the song another copy is being made from the original copy in digit form to an audio version that my ears can interpret as sound but a copy was made a reproduction of the original is in the pc and the audio is now traveling free in wave form…If I want a friend to hear the song and plug an ipod to loud speakers and now he hears this for free… that makes me a pirate? and if my friend is abroad and i play the song trough skype? or I want to buy a song and then share it with him or give the song to him as a gift and send it to him via Internet…that makes me a pirate? all of this laws are stupid interpretations that go against human nature…we share what we have and you can’t fight nature thats what I think…good day!!!

  95. SeanF
    SeanF March 22, 2012 at 2:07 am

    What!!!..Well then f*** hollywood and the great producers and director, making dvds so bloody expensive. i live in india and the theater is almost 2 hrs drive and the roads are not safe as in US. the only luxury we have is the internet. ego centric f****(hollywood and the clan)

  96. meme
    meme March 23, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    there should be a legal site that they wont *&*$ down. megavideo clients paid for membership thinking it was legal,so put a legal site up and people can get a membership and the tv studios and actors get there money and we can watch our shows being able to download them to watch them on our time, and not sit in front of the tv all day. then everyone can be happy…just sayin”

  97. Chris
    Chris April 7, 2012 at 10:46 am

    Great! Those Di’kutla acts in congress scared everyone! Now how am I going to watch shows? Megavideo worked. Who cares if it was pirating video!

  98. Chris
    Chris April 7, 2012 at 10:50 am

    They can’t h#%& stuff down without legitimate proof! Thell the Supreme Court it’s illegal!

  99. poop
    poop April 8, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    As if the internet was created with an imperialistic American flag. US government dont @!?&##* own the net nd these mega idiots were stupid to reside in the US. F*** YOU USA!

  100. Jumana
    Jumana April 25, 2012 at 11:06 am

    So this is it for downloading and sharing videos and songs online then?
    It has already started with the shutdown of Megavideo and Megaupload, not to mention numerous pirate websites as well. Just recently in the news Richard O’Dwyer lost his case to be extradited to the USA and could face up to five years in jail. Even when he does get out his career is pretty much finished because no one is going to want to employ someone who’s been in trouble with the authorities, and for what I ask you? For sharing a few videos. It’s just a case of petty American government once again trying to bully everyone into doing what they say, flexing their muscle power because they can. P***** me off I tell you.

  101. Libs
    Libs May 13, 2012 at 8:38 am

    Why do the Americans think they rule internet. Why don’t they adopt better ways to promote their content rather than censoring the rest of the web. Its a shame!!

  102. Fool
    Fool May 29, 2012 at 11:25 am

    Its kinda hopeless to think that anything they do is going to end piracy. After megavideo #%%% I skipped to 1 of the 15 other sites I knew. Internet is like the universe and the US government is like a planet in a small galaxy within the infinite universe.

    You are a petty, lonesome country America. Your power ended in 2005. Give it a rest nothing you do now will get you to where you were. Your corrupt, cheating ways have dug your governments grave.

    I’m gonna go to the guy down the street he sells the latest movies in HD for $1 each.

    GL with the end of piracy, LOL

  103. Patrick
    Patrick June 1, 2012 at 12:52 am

    This is addressing the ignorance and stupidity of those posting comments here and those who are against SOPA. While the internet may be what you call “free” and public, the media is NOT. The media has an owner(s) who have rights under the law and you are all criminals for stealing that media. You all think piracy is okay because causing a 50% loss of sales for some big star or company making millions and millions doesn’t have any impact. Certainly that is true, someone losing millions and still making millions doesn’t feel the suffering of that to any serious degree. What everyone is ignorant to is that the those biggies making that kind of money account for less than 10% of the music and film industry. The other 90% are independent, financing their own projects, and taking a serious loss because of piracy. To record and release a professional music album costs a minimum of $10,000 – $20,000 of self-financed money and most of those artists barely recoup that money and can earn an income. Deduct a 50% loss due to piracy from those small companies and artists and you have caused great suffering for the independents to the point that it isn’t even worth continuing to produce quality media anymore. Why should they spend money making a quality project so you can steal it for free ? I am sure the families of those REAL people you are putting in poverty appreciate your stupidity and ignorance. I hope when those independents no longer can make money producing media that they all gang up and come down to your business or your employers business, cause a 50% loss in that business, a 50% reduction in your income, and your children starve and live on the streets. That would be justice ! You are all idiots and like one commenter posted you will get just what you want in the end. A world full of crappy quality music recorded on a home computer that never touches the hands of a quality producer, films made with a camcorder on a $100 budget, etc. Hope you all enjoy your future !

    The 90% of those independents suffering hope all these pirate sites are shut down and the pirates are prosecuted to the full extend of the law. They have no sympathy for your ignorance and this battle over intellectual property rights will never go away !

  104. Fool
    Fool June 1, 2012 at 11:35 am

    Patrick your the idiot! please stop your trolling and go to your cave. The people you say who barely recoup their money, already suck and dont have a chance. Thats why they cant make the big time.

    The people who lose millions already have more money than they could spend in their lives. whats another few million to a millionaire. Plus the tv shows I watch on these sites are part of fox and cbs.

    BTW if you guys want to know a site to watch tv shows with great links let me know ill post some

  105. radom person
    radom person July 3, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    Patrick on June 1st, 2012 at 12:52 am: ummmm.. I think you are dead wrong about that I think independent/amateurs film and music makers love those sites and put their stuff on the site themselves or put out albums and movies for free just to gain support/fans then they sell the next thing. I know this because some of my favorite artists have done that as well as millions of amateur low budget film makers. Justin Bieber wouldn’t exists without youtube and that is what megavideo really was a web site just like youtube

  106. alex
    alex September 1, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    They #?!? down Megavideo and 10 other sites will take its place.There are a ton of websites that stream movies without bull crap, &@*%&* ads and for free.
    Why dont I just buy the movie or show? I swear I would love to but websites make it extremely complicated even to pay for the movie!!! You have to be in the right country, subscription,credit card information , age ect….Why don’t you just pay and get the movie or show? They should keep beurocrasy out of the internet!
    The poor companies are losing money they say. So what?The greedy bastards make trillions of dollars anyway so they don’t risk to starve to death from poverty. God bless china for providibg free HQ movies and shows. Copyright this!

  107. louis
    louis October 8, 2012 at 1:00 am

    sadly most of my fellow americans are either completely f****ng retarded, or so uneducated they have an iq of less than 80. america needs to be stopped. i for one would love to see a real revolution. we have too many conservative republicans who believe in magic and try to govern from their wallets or the @?%%$!* mythical book filled with fairy-tales know as the king james bible. i am embarrassed to call myself an american. our government is corrupt and should be marched into the streets at h%%% on site for being enemys of the state. 90% of them are traitors and sold us to themselves to corrupt corporations.anyone that supports this, you should do the resto of us a favor and shoot yourself in the face with a large caliber hand gun. make sure you line up as many family members to stand right behind you.

  108. Ivan
    Ivan October 18, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    I have been downloading music and movies sinse you ran this story. Hardly the beginning of the end. As soon as one site goes, ten more come along. If broadband providers get heavy then we move to others. Its a cat and mouse game, and the mice are gonna win.

  109. Christeen
    Christeen October 21, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    So lets see. Megavideo shuts down almost a year ago and i still download music and movies every week. Keep trying FBI, you suck at cutting piracy.

  110. Raymond Gold
    Raymond Gold October 28, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    Well, Megaupload and Megavideo $?#* down a while ago now, and with them Fileserve, Filesonic and a few others. But to be honest, there are now more cyberlockers than have ever been before, some even run by the same people who ran the previous ones.
    Not only that, but apparently Kim Dotcom is going to be releasing his new service MEGA, which will do everything that Megaupload did, but cleverly circumvent the illegalities that were involved (they will have no way of knowing what the hosted files are).

  111. Joey
    Joey November 5, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    The only way piracy will ever end is if the US block access to all foreign websites, but that wont happen.

  112. Lacroix
    Lacroix January 23, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    Biggest joke article I’ve seen today. If I didn’t see the date I would this was an April Fool’s post. Yes I necro’d a thread but still, looking back this didn’t even put a dent in what’s going on. Give up Govt. everything you do to stem piracy is just catchup. The internet will beat you.

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  115. Tammy Wallace
    Tammy Wallace June 14, 2013 at 6:41 am

    **** the lot of them I say if we can’t watch it for free we wont watch it at all. So you may as well stop making the @!t&% We take an make the time to watch it online free we wouldn’t bother to if we were ALL working for the Gov we could afford to buy it an watch it three times over!. But not all of us can get paid for lying an sitting around doing nothing. S*** can free sites an you may as well $i$$ can the whole show. An I agree people who paid for it should be able to watch it. Next the Gov will be telling us how to take a s***!

  116. Felipe
    Felipe July 5, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    Please watch the video “Glass Walls” with a very important message from Paul McCartney

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