rugrat: I still don’t get what he was doing was illegal. There are other file sharing sites on internet. You Tube as already pointed out has copyright stuff on it, yet no one is going after these.
The problem was the alleged kickbacks paid to people who uploaded the content for sharing. This would break the safe harbour he had.
I think also that, when multiple people uploaded the same file, MegaUpload would only store it once, with multiple links to it. When RIAA identified an illegal upload, the link to the file would be deleted, not the file itself. RIAA would have to identify all the illegal uploads to get the file removed.
I suspect also that this was a bit of a test case; if they could nail MegaUpload, a cease-and-desist letter to another file sharer would be much more likely to have the desired result.
Sounds like it would be a great thing for efficiency of storage. Deleting all copies of the same file could be wreckless, for example what if someone has bought that mp3/movie for themselves and were storing it in Megaupload for their personal use (Remember MegaUpload was the predecessor to Dropbox/Google Drive) Members of the movie and music industry also used MegaUpload to transport files between each other, so what if their copies got deleted?
Heres some info on Viacom vs YouTube
Yes, it seems YouTube bent over backwards for Hollywood, policing it themselves now with content recognition when it shouldn't actually be their job and isn't required by the law