[SOPA OPERA] the Online War–The Internet Reacts Not-So-Nicely to Megaupload Shutdown.
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. (here) UPDATE: 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?