Megaupload Shut Down For Piracy – Proof That We Don’t Need SOPA or PIPA?
Fox News has just reported that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has shut down Megaupload.com and charged it’s “ringleaders” with racketeering, conspiracy to commit copyright infringement, money laundering and other charges related to violating piracy laws. So this begs the question, “Why do we need SOPA again?”
In case today is your first day on the internet, the “Stop Online Piracy Act” and the “Protect Intellectual Property Acts” being proposed have caused outrage amongst members of the online community including those in the video games industry for the sloppy language that could potentially harm legitimate websites for containing a link (that may be posted by a user in a comment even) to a site that violates copyright laws.
However, here we are, a day after sites such as Wikipedia, Google, Wired and more protested these proposed laws, the FBI has shut down, “one of the world’s largest file-sharing sites” without the help of SOPA or PIPA. Our own Federal Bureau of Investigation has gone out and put the smackdown on a site dedicated to piracy. So what does this mean? Well, simply put, it is apparent that we do not need SOPA or PIPA to rule and destroy our lives on the internet, because we are already protected. If there wasn’t already a path to take to shut down internet pirates that violate copyright laws, the FBI wouldn’t have accomplished this. Furthermore, they used procedure and due process, not merely an accusation, to shut down the site.
Proof positive that SOPA/PIPA aren’t needed? I’m thinking so.
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