Saturday, January 21, 2012

The Cyber-Wars have begun!

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Jan 19, 2012.
  Today the Feds raided the website MegaUpload, which led to the arrests of seven people across the globe, according to some reports. Now the Hacktivist group, Anonymous, has come forth in retaliation to the crackdown and launched an attack on several websites including The Department of Justice, Universal Music Group, and the Recording Industry Association of America. The wave of attacks is just the beginning and Barrett Brown, founder of Project PM, joins us to discuss whats next for the groups.

“Keep in mind the DOJ’s indictment is actually a sales document; it is their interpretation of things, and they are throwing spaghetti on the wall with their claims and seeing what will stick,” Goldman said.
Many Web firms such as YouTube have pledged to respect copyright laws, but users still post pirated material on their sites, triggering legal battles between media companies and Silicon Valley.
Even before it was shut down, Mega­upload had its legal troubles. It was in a fight with Universal Music because celebrity artists such as Jamie Smith, Kanye West, P. Diddy and endorsed the Web site. Some of those musicians had close connections to a leader of Mega­upload, Swizz Beatz, and his wife, Alicia Keys.
Web companies are also tangling with powerful lobbyists who represent Hollywood and other traditional media companies.
On Friday, lawmakers delayed action on legislation that would have given law enforcement more power to shut Web sites down. Leading Internet firms had used their most prominent sites to protest the bills.
But advocates for the measures signaled that they were far from giving up on the fight.
Former Connecticut senator Christopher J. Dodd, now head of the Motion Picture Association of America, made a candid rebuke of the lawmakers that his industry financially supports.
“Those who count on Hollywood for support need to understand this industry is watching very carefully,” Dodd said in a Fox News interview Friday. “Don’t ask me to write a check for you when you think your job is at risk and then don’t pay attention to me when my job is at risk.”
While acknowledging the problem of pirated content, companies say that the ability to freely share ideas and content over the Web is critical for the future of the Internet. Some said that legitimate uses of locker sites and social networks will be disrupted as Washington clamps down on piracy. FULL STORY HERE!

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