Wasn’t SOPA Defeat Was Supposed To Be A Victory?

In case you missed it, popular Cyberlocker site MegaUpload was shut down by the Feds just one day after the Internet united in protest of SOPA and PIPA. The founder of the site was arrested, and the US government said that it seized $50 million in assets, including his exotic car collection. This despite the fact that Kim Dotcom doesn’t reside in the US..

Was this legal? Regardless, the government got the desired effect they were after. Dozens of other cyberlocker services quickly closed up shop to avoid getting nabbed. So while we celebrated a perceived victory, in truth it didn’t slow anyone down.

While I was never a fan of these sites, I still feel for some of their users. Many people used the service for legitimate reasons, and now they’re unable to access their files. Others paid money to gain faster download speeds, money which they’ll never see again. What happened to “innocent until proven guilty”?

Definitely a weird story, and it should be interesting to see how things play out in court next month.


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