gzt:Glassboy:gzt:Glassboy:gzt: Even if that is/was the case, does this require anything more than civil litigation to sort it out and come to terms? Spying and helicopters seem a very bad way to resolve the issue.
Why do you assume anyone wants to resolve anything? I'd read it more that Dotcom's business models suit no one but himself and so he becomes a target for everyone.
I do not assume they wish to resolve anything. I'm just suggesting civil litigation is the appropriate route for the MPAA and RIAA to take.
Not if you've broken criminal law which the FBI believe he has.
I would suggest that belief started with the MPAA and RIAA, and after a lot of lobbying was finally taken up by the FBI. Similar conspiracy charges could have been (and still could be) brought against any number of competitors including Youtube with this kind of approach.
Personally I expect the reason the industry took this extreme approach in the case of Megaupload was that MU was emerging as a viable competitor in the distribution industry. It appeared to me from the endorsements MU was getting and the people beginning to associate with it, that one or more major artists were seriously beginning to consider releasing via MU.
That could be very true,
Before the raid, Megaupload was going to launch a service called megabox, that was going to give the artists 90% of the revenue, instead of whatever the labels give them. It was going to let you download and listen to the music for free, as long as you installed a browser plugin called megakey which is like an adblocker except it replaces some ads with ads from megabox. They have continued with this idea after the raid, It is now going to be called baboom.com
You can preview it now with dotcoms album but apparently it will be launching for real soon. And then all the artists in their Mega song which Universal Music Group didnt like. NZ artist Gin Wigmore was going to be in it but her record label made her pull out
And in this song, Robbie williams is wearing a mega upload jacket