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Sunday, March 23, 2014

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Friday, March 14, 2014

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

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Monday, March 10, 2014

Mysterious Disappearance of Malaysian Plane Becoming More Complicated -

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Lengthy and Agonising Search for Vanished Malaysian 777 Plane Continues. Long Oil Slick Discovered. -

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Russia, Crimea, Ukraine and the United States of America: Here’s What’s Going On. -

Friday, March 7, 2014

Schapelle Corby’s Parole May Be Revoked After “Profiting” From Conviction. -

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

[WORLD in PICTURES] the Extravagance of Viktor Yanukovych’s Mansion Shocks Ukraine -

Monday, February 24, 2014

[SOPA OPERA] the Online War–The Internet Reacts Not-So-Nicely to Megaupload Shutdown.

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The main proponent of SOPA says the House will be delaying legislation regarding the controversial bill that would destroy the Internet as we know it.

The bill will be advised for an early February release. Keep using the internet and all you can to stop the censorship of the net as we know it.

Believe it or not, Megaupload  had high-profile support from celebrities, musicians and other content producers who are most often the victims of copyright infringement and piracy.

Before the website was taken down, it was endorsed by artists like Alicia Keys and Kanye West, among many others.

Infamous hacking group “Anonymous” took the US justice department site down and replaced it with a Megaupload logo in retaliation. They claim this is only the beginning of what they perceive as an online riot. Anonymous have since resorted to telling supporters that this has been the “single largest attack in its [Anonymous'] history”.

The site itself (Megaupload) is unavailable, with no message or detail into why it is down, which makes me wonder (and hope) that Anonymous will be able to access the database and display a message of some sort to viewers wishing to try visit the site. How many of you knew of Megaupload and similar sites BEFORE all of this SOPA/PIPA business? The only way to even see Megaupload moments before the shutdown is through sites like Internet Archive or Google’s Web Cache. (hereUPDATE: Google & The Internet Archive have now removed their cached versions and mirrors of the Megaupload site to avoid legal concerns as they were technically hosting a site that has been taken down for infringement.

I wouldn’t call this a victory just yet but this could be a vital step and it will certainly put 2012 up there as a justice-seeking 12 months with 2011’s Occupy protests behind us and definitely set to continue on during the year. This might be the decade of protest. I really wouldn’t be surprised if Dropbox was next, because although that would just be stupid, they also allow users to upload and share.

Megaupload’s founder was arrested and now awaiting trial, so lets see how this story unfolds.

 

 

P.S Can I have the fees I paid for my 1 year Megaupload membership back?

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Cask J. Thomson

Cask J. Thomson

Founder & Editor-In-Chief
As founder and editor-in-chief, Cask J. Thomson has exhausted his life as a graphics designer, political activist, freedom of speech advocate, anti-censorship promoter and a published author of several computer science books and a graphic novel. As well as running the publishing company linked to WordMean, Cask has several aspirations as a musician, producer and journalist. Thomson was born in the United Kingdom and currently resides between Sydney, Australia and Alicante, Spain.
  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1672973784 James Osgerby

    Let it begin…

  • kamrom dechu

    I think theres something very important to mention. SOPA isn’t law yet, right? So lets assume, for the sake of argument, that megaupload was somehow deserving of this…That would mean the government was able to take down this (allegedly) illegal site…without the insanity of SOPA.

    So why exactly do we need SOPA, if we can already successfully take down pirate sites (again, for the sake of argument, I’m pretending that the claim somehow had 100% merit and honesty, even though it really didnt.)? Whats the problem that needs to be fixed with SOPA? Is it..not offline enough? Will SOPA make megaupload be MORE offline than it is now?

    If I didnt know better, Id say it was a completely unnecessary law, designed as little more than a power grab by an industry known to attack everything that comes into existance that challenges its current model of money making.

    But if that were true, itd make the people who want it passed even more monstrous than they were, since we know  now that the “pirate sites” can be taken down without SOPA. And thats just silly.

    • http://www.wordswithmeaning.org WordswithMeaning.org Team

      absolutely!
      SOPA is not a law, it is a proposed law, and therefore you are very correct about this being an unnecessary law for the sake of pulling infringing sites down.

      Let’s pretend another proposed law is the banning of Coca Cola and although the law has not passed, the coke drinkers are being arrested daily for consuming the product – it would be considered ludicrous because it is not yet a law.

      Piracy has been against the law for many many years. Very good point, thanks for your input

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      Cask J. Thomson (author)

      • Anonymous

        SOPA isn’t needed because Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement was signed last year and is the reason why extraditing from New Zealand for piracy reasons was allowed. In my opinion ACTA is far more concerning than SOPA, but little attention was received and as more countries sign into the agreement we hear little.

  • Aqqqsdf1234

    “Megaupload’s founder was arrested and now awaiting trial”

    That is kind of a trite and meaningless statement, perhaps meant to evoke rage from your readers.  Nobody is arrested with a trial… if someone tries to rob a bank and the cops stop him, do they put cuffs on and arrest him, or do they write down his name and give him a trial date before arresting him?  Seemed like an informative read until the last sentence which left a bad taste in my mouth and made me rethink caring about what I just read.

  • Dannydick

    If he is extradited from New Zealand, won’t this take months to take place?