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  1. Megaupload's Motion to Dismiss Copyright Case Denied by U.S. Judge

    October 09, 2012 12:25 PM EDT U.S. District Court Judge Liam O'Grady has rejected Megaupload's attempt to escape prosecution for allegedly committing massive copyright infringement. Attorneys for Megaupload argued that the company was foreign-based and that the U.S. ...

  2. Kim Dotcom Extradition Judge Steps Down After Joking US Is 'Enemy'

    July 18, 2012 7:30 AM EDT WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- A New Zealand judge has stepped down from overseeing the extradition case of Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom after jokingly referring to the United States as "the enemy." New Zealand High Court Declares Kim ...

  3. U.S. Judge Allows Megaupload to Seek Dismissal, But Not Access to Funds

    July 03, 2012 3:00 PM EDT The U.S. federal judge overseeing the case against Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom has decided to allow his attorneys to argue for a motion to dismiss allegations against the company, but has also decided for the moment against the unfreezing of ass ...

  4. New Zealand High Court Orders Urgent Review of Megaupload Case

    June 15, 2012 1:00 PM EDT New Zealand's High Court is getting involved in the ongoing attempt to extradite Kim Dotcom and other Megaupload employees the U.S. for trial. Last month, a U.S. district court judge decided that it would only be fair to allow Megaupload' ...

  5. Business Matters: RapidShare Plays Good Citizen with New Best Practices Policy, But Should You Buy It?

    April 20, 2012 5:51 PM EDT RapidShare Encourages Customers to Comply With Copyright Law File hosting service RapidShare is playing the role of good corporate citizen with the release of a four-page "Responsible Practices for Cloud Storage Services" document. The p ...

  6. Megaupload Lawyer Accused of Conflict of Interest By U.S. Government

    April 13, 2012 1:30 PM EDT In the coming prosecution of Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom, the U.S. government says that it intends to call as witnesses many Hollywood and tech executives, including officials from the Walt Disney Co., Fox, Time Warner, Paramount, YouTube and Go ...

  7. Megaupload Demands Return of Seized Data, Other Assets

    April 09, 2012 1:49 PM EDT In preparation for a high-stakes criminal prospection of Kim Dotcom and other leaders from Megaupload, the U.S. government caused the seizure of hundreds of millions of dollars and won't let the company purchase its data back from its U.S.-ba ...

  8. Megaupload Adds Superstar Lawyer Andrew Schapiro to Defense Team

    April 06, 2012 1:40 PM EDT In advance of a criminal trial, Megaupload has added a legal superstar to its defense. Andrew Schapiro, a partner at Quinn Emanuel, has reportedly agreed to defend Megaupload's executives, including founder Kim Dotcom, on charges of massive c ...

  9. RapidShare Case to Go to German Supreme Court

    March 28, 2012 8:24 AM EDT COLOGNE, Germany - In a case that could have wide-ranging implications for copyright law, a long-running legal battle between music rights association GEMA and Swiss-based file-sharing site RapidShare is heading to the German Supreme Court. GEMA a ...

  10. Megaupload's Kim Dotcom Could Get Seized Property Back

    March 19, 2012 3:19 PM EDT A New Zealand judge has ruled that law enforcement's efforts to seize some $200 million in assets from Megaupload is "null and void," the result of a procedural mistake. As a result, Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom could get back his ...

  11. Michael Robertson Stands Up for Megaupload at SXSWi Cloud Panel

    March 13, 2012 5:08 PM EDT Michael Robertson of Mp3tunes.com -- and formerly of the infamously shut down MP3.com -- was outspoken during the "Gimme Shelter From The Storm Clouds" panel at SXSWi on Tuesday, calling out his fellow panelists, attorney Jon Simson, and ...

  12. How Eme Navarro Is Overwhelming Spain's New Anti-Piracy Commission With His Song

    March 09, 2012 11:45 AM EST Spain's government is reviewing hundreds of complaints under its new antipiracy law that went into effect this month, although the majority are part of a campaign that seeks to overwhelm and collapse the novel bureaucracy. In a little more th ...

  13. Watch: Kim Dotcom Defend Legality of Megaupload

    March 06, 2012 6:44 AM EST The U.S. government has formally filed papers to extradite Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom from New Zealand to face trial for breaking copyright laws. The move has been expected for some time. Federal prosecutors filed the case against Megaupload ex ...

  14. Sinde Law Piracy Battle Headed to Spanish Supreme Court, With Global Implications

    February 10, 2012 2:35 PM EST Sinde Law Piracy Battle Heads to Spanish Supreme Court, With Global Implications The lines have long been drawn here; it was just a question of time before the epic legal battle over online piracy kicked off. Spain's Supreme Court this week a ...

  15. Megaupload's Kim Dotcom Denied Bail Appeal

    February 03, 2012 8:38 AM EST WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) - A New Zealand court denied an appeal for bail Friday by the jailed founder of the file-sharing website Megaupload. The denial means that Kim Dotcom must remain in jail until his first hearing in a U.S. extradition re ...

  16. Electronic Frontier Foundation To Help Megaupload Users Retrieve Data

    February 01, 2012 8:13 AM EST WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) - Users of the file-sharing website Megaupload who feared their data could be deleted as early as Thursday have a reprieve after a nonprofit group stepped in at the eleventh hour. Megaupload Shut Down by U.S. Prosecuto ...

  17. Megaupload Raid Energizes European Online Piracy Debate

    January 31, 2012 3:58 PM EST The Megaupload homepage as it currently reads following the FBI and the U.S. Justice Department's decision to shutter the site and arrest its founder and key executives on copyright violation charges. The action has reverberated across the At ...

  18. Megaupload User Data May Be Gone By Thursday, Feds Say

    January 30, 2012 8:16 AM EST Federal prosecutors say data from users of Megaupload could be deleted as soon as Thursday. U.S. prosecutors blocked access to Megaupload and charged seven men, saying the site facilitated millions of illegal downloads of movies, music and other c ...

  19. Did Universal Music Expose a Flaw in the YouTube Takedown Process?

    January 27, 2012 1:00 PM EST Last month, before federal authorities shut down Megaupload, the popular file-storage website got into a legal brawl with Universal Music Group over a video that was removed from YouTube. Megaupload hasn't experienced much success thus far in ...

  20. RIAA Comments On Megaupload Shutdown

    January 24, 2012 4:14 PM EST Last week, after years of effort, the Justice Department led the shutdown of the controversial file-sharing site Megaupload and the arrest of founder Kim "Dotcom" Schmitz and several others . While the site had long been a point of conte ...

  21. Cyberlockers Implement Changes After Megaupload Arrests

    January 23, 2012 2:07 PM EST Cyberlockers reacted quickly to Friday's Justice Department action against Megaupload Thursday . While the arrests and shutdown of Megaupload has alarmed some people, major content owners must be warmed by the events' chilling effects. F ...

  22. Robert Bennett, Renowned Attorney, to Represent Megaupload

    January 23, 2012 7:17 AM EST ALEXANDRIA, Virginia (AP) - When Megaupload executives arrive in court to answer charges that they orchestrated a massive online piracy scheme, they'll be backed by a prominent lawyer who has defended Bill Clinton against sexual harassment ch ...

  23. Megaupload Drops Lawsuit Against Universal Music Over Viral Video

    January 22, 2012 10:02 AM EST In the aftermath of the Justice Department's crackdown on Megaupload, the company has dropped its lawsuit against Universal Music Group over an allegedly unlawful takedown of a video showing many superstars endorsing the troubled file-sharing ...

  24. Swizz Beatz Is Not Actually CEO of Megaupload

    January 20, 2012 3:00 PM EST Multi-talented producer and rapper Swizz Beatz is a man of many business ventures - he's designed cars for Lotus and shoes for Reebok, and served as a professor at NYU's Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music - but it is his purported ...

  25. RIAA, BMI, Warner Sites Back Online After Anonymous Attack; Megaupload Founder Remains in Custody

    January 20, 2012 9:31 AM EST Most of the websites affected by the online attacks that followed Thursday's shutdown of the Megaupload file-sharing site were back online early Friday, including the Department of Justice, the RIAA, the MPAA, BMI and Warner Music Group. Mega ...

  26. Megaupload's Pirated Content Hosted on U.S. Servers; Guns, Artwork, Cash Seized

    January 20, 2012 7:52 AM EST WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) - With 150 million registered users, about 50 million hits daily and endorsements from music superstars, Megaupload.com was among the world's biggest file-sharing sites. Big enough, according to a U.S. indictment, ...

  27. Morning Heds: Facebook Wants Vevo, Wikipedia's SOPA Traffic Surge, Simon Cowell Calls Self 'Too Cocky'

    January 20, 2012 7:10 AM EST Facebook in talks to replace YouTube as Vevo's host CNET Facebook has held talks with Vevo about moving the music-video service away from YouTube and over to the social network's platform, sources with knowledge of the talks told CNET. D ...

  28. Megaupload Shut Down by U.S. Prosecutors; Kim Dotcom, Three Others Arrested

    January 19, 2012 3:26 PM EST MegaUpload, one of the world's largest file-sharing sites, was shut down Thursday, and its founder and several company executives were charged with violating piracy laws, federal prosecutors said. An indictment accuses Megaupload.com of costi ...

  29. Megaupload Launches Megabox Online Locker and Store

    December 23, 2011 12:03 PM EST Megaupload has launched Megabox , a web-based, online music locker and player with an integrated music store. Megaupload is a controversial file-hosting service that has over 50 million daily users and accounts for 4 percent of global Internet tra ...

  30. Business Matters: Sony Music UK Sees Turnaround in 'Two to Three Years'

    December 19, 2011 8:37 PM EST Sony Music UK Sees Turnaround in 'Two to Three Years' -- As recorded music revenues have slid over the last decade, one common question has been, "Where is the bottom?" Growth in download sales haven't replaced lost CD sal ...

  31. MegaUpload Attorney Speaks on Universal Lawsuit; Producer Printz Board Explains Song's Genesis

    December 15, 2011 4:32 PM EST The strange battle rages on between Megaworld and Universal Music Group. After releasing a celebrity-crammed video for its " MegaUpload Song " last Friday - which shows Kanye West, Will.I.Am, Jamie Foxx, Sean "Diddy" Combs, Ali ...

  32. Will.I.Am Sent Takedown Notice for MegaUpload Video

    December 12, 2011 6:24 PM EST Late last week, a surprising music video was released that featured many superstar recording acts and other celebrities endorsing MegaUpload, a video-hosting website that is near the top of the enemy's list for many in the entertainment indus ...

  33. Kanye West, Diddy, Will.I.Am, More Participate in Video Endorsing MegaUpload Storage Site

    December 09, 2011 6:21 PM EST In one of the stranger endorsements we've seen in recent months, a battery of superstar artists - including Kanye West, Diddy, Snopp Dogg, Will.I.Am, Alicia Keys, Lil Jon, Chris Brown, Jamie Foxx and more -- have participated in a song and ex ...

  34. Music Supervisors From BET, Sony, More Give Tough Advice to Hopefuls at Billboard Film & TV Music Conference

    October 24, 2011 9:34 PM EDT Nothing Personal: The "Real Time Critique: Music Supervisors React To Your Work" panel (from left): Evan Bogart, Songwriter-TV Producer, Boardwalk Entertainment Group/The Writing Camp, LLC; Nora Felder, Music Supervisor, Picture Music; A ...

  35. Business Matters: Surprise, Music Sales Continue to Improve

    May 04, 2011 8:12 PM EDT Surprise, Music Sales Continue to Improve -- Here's the latest on the surprisingly strong recorded music sales of 2011. Through May 1, track sales are up 8%, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Current tracks are up 10% and catalog tracks are up ...

  36. Business Matters: Warner Loses Over $100 Million In Market Capitalization

    February 09, 2011 6:43 PM EST Warner Loses Over $100 Million In Market Capitalization -- Shares of Warner Music Group fell 9.79% to $5.62 on Tuesday, knocking off $94.5 million of the company's market capitalization. Shares fell another 1.4% to $5.54 on Wednesday, reducin ...

  37. Google Begins Restricting Piracy Search Terms

    January 27, 2011 5:24 PM EST Google today began restricting how piracy-associated terms are displayed in its search results. This comes after a December policy announcement by Google General Counsel Kent Walker indicating that the world's most popular search engine would ...

  38. Business Matters: Pandora Way Ahead of CBS Radio & Clear Channel's Internet Radio

    January 20, 2011 12:00 AM EST Pandora Way Ahead Of Terrestrial Radio's Streaming Efforts -- Pandora has a nearly 4-to-1 lead over CBS Radio in terms of unique streams, according to metrics quoted by AdAge. The personalized Internet radio service has over half a million pe ...

  39. Business Matters: France's Copyright Enforcement Agency Sending 2,000 Warnings A Day

    December 29, 2010 12:00 AM EST France's Copyright Enforcement Agency Sending 2,000 Infringement Notices A Day -- Since November France's Hadopi authority has warned 100,000 suspected copyright infringers and identified hundreds of repeat offenders, according to a repo ...

  40. Business Matters: Jack White, DDEX, Spotify and more

    December 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Jack White On Limited Edition Vinyl -- Jack White’s Third Man Records releases limited edition vinyl. Some pieces of vinyl end up on eBay and can sell for hundreds of dollars. So, Third Man recent ...

  41. Rapidshare In German Court Victory

    July 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Online locker service Rapidshare will not have to use a word filter to combat file-sharing, a German court has ruled. Ar Technica reports that the Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf reversed a preliminary injunction against RapidShare it issued l ...

  42. Business Matters: RapidShare, Music Hack Day, Richard Branson

    May 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- File hosting site RapidShare won a court victory against a California-based adult entertainment company. The court ruled RapidShare cannot be accused of copyright infringement, on its users can be charged with infringement. This follows a simil ...

  43. RIAA Calls Out Countries, Websites On IP Threat List

    May 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The RIAA and Congressional members of the International Anti-Piracy Caucus (IAPC) today revealed their list of countries and websites that are threats to intellectual property. The countries with "inadequate intellectual property protections& ...

  44. Google Sues Indie Label Over Copyright Claims

    May 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google has taken the rare step of asking a California judge to declare that by linking to copyright-infringing works on Rapidshare , the search giant is not facilitating the illegal distribution of copyrighted songs. Last year, Blue Destiny Record ...

  45. @Web 2.0 Expo: Web Community Discusses Freemium Model

    May 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT We know how Warner Music Group's Edgar Bronfman Jr. feels about freemium music services like Spotify. But how does the Web 2.0 community view the model? Ranjith Kumaran, founder and CTO of the Web-based file transfer company YouSendIt, attack ...

  46. Study: French Law Fails To Deter Piracy So Far

    March 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A French academic study is casting doubt on the likely success of the French 'Hadopi' anti-piracy law. The three-strikes plan was voted through in France in September 2009, although has yet to be implemented. Hadopi is the name of the go ...

  47. German Court Rules Against Rapidshare

    June 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Regional Court of Hamburg has ruled in favor of German collecting society GEMA, which had requested that the court issue an order prohibiting file-hosting service rapidshare.com from making around 5,000 music tracks available on the Internet. ...

  48. Anti-Piracy Raids Over Italian Charity Song

    June 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Italy's piracy problem appears to have reached new depths with the news that the Guardia Di Finanza (Fiscal Police) have uncovered a P2P group that was illegally uploading the charity single "Domani 21/04/09." The track was recorded ...

  49. Business Briefs: Seeqpod, iPhone, Rapidshare

    April 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- MP3 search engine/player Seeqpod is in acquisition talks, according to its CEO, by a large media company that is a competitor to Apple. Seeqpod is currently being sued by record labels and maintains its service is legal. Unlike a standard searc ...