tdgeek: This is a bizarre thread. It ultimately is not about Dotcom or MU, its about copyright.
Not really at all. This thread is about the Mega Upload service, but it has become a discussion on copyright.
Mega Upload will argue that they (a) provide a service and they (b) were not the infringing party, and further (c) that they provided the required and legally mandated service to DCMA claimants.
My personal feeling is that it is a shame the Internet after so many years of being an unregulated and practically unstoppable platform is now becoming highly regulated and filtered.
For instance Google is now removing search results based on DCMA notices:
"In response to a complaint we received under the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act, we have removed 1 result(s) from this page. If you wish, you may read the DMCA complaint that caused the removal(s) at ChillingEffects.org"
What are the alternatives to rampant DCMA and the like?
The media corporates should step up and meet this market.
You would think a search for "beyonce torrent" would display advertising for any number of copyright compliant services which provide beyonce's music via torrent. You would think any number of copyright compliant services would pop up in the first page. But, no and no. Not one single item.
After so many many years, choice of platform is tiny, with practically no effective competition in the market. It has all the appearance of a highly regulated monopoly.