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The boss of the recently shut-down Megaupload file-sharing site claims that his records show plenty of US government users, including members of the Senate and the Department of Justice. "Guess what – we found a large number of Mega accounts from US Government officials including the Department of Justice and the US Senate," Kim …

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"His main concern now is making sure users of the site get their data back, Dotcom told the blog."

Snort! he owes me a new keyboard.

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Re: "His main concern now is making sure users of the site get their data back"

I think your comment is supposed to convey that Mr Dotcom has no altruistic motive for returning users data back to them and so his statement is therefor false.

But the statement may still be true especially if you consider the purely selfish grounds that it makes him look good and the 'evil US authorities' look bad for 'illegally seizing users data'

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Re: "His main concern now is making sure users of the site get their data back"

The key word is 'main'. I suspect his main concern is avoiding the potential one way trip to the Land of the Free.

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New Zealand.. BOFH story here..

Oh, sure, the BOFH is an ex-university admin from Waikato University working in the UK.. but this has all the elements.. a bastard operator, a list of usernames, and New Zealand, all mixed into one!

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Re: New Zealand.. BOFH story here..

Actually Simon still works for Waikato University.....

Anonymous because I live not too far from there.

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Re: New Zealand.. BOFH story here..

Afraid to give out your logon ID much?

Wonder why?

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Naughty Senators,

"I have that Megaupload account for research!"

"I have that Pr0nhub account for research!"

"Look I swear that 12 year old boy in a gimp suit snorting coke is just for research!"

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Pahahahahaha!

This is going to be hilarious.

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I did not...

have sexual relations with that account...

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Wouldn't be the first time he cooperated

I'm sure selling off those user data to law enforcement was part of his "Plan B".

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Oh, Kimble!

I had almost forgotten you!

It's comforting to know that his bullshit stories and ostentatious display of apparent wealth have not changed one bit.

At least there's one constant in this Universe. Go, Kimble--er, Mr. Dotcom--show us your cars, houses, and chicks; and tell us again how much of a bad ass hacker you are.

-dZ.

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Re: Oh, Kimble!

Oh wow, thank you. I finally made the connection. I recall his flash promo stuff and BMW with computers back when he was just Kimble. He came across as a tool then, seems not to of changed much with the name either.

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Re: Oh, Kimble!

Yes. I wish the downvoters round here would remember that whatever the rights and wrongs of this extradition case, Kimble is still the biggest cunt on the internet.

Sigh.

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Re: Oh, Kimble!

What's with the downvotes?

I'm not excusing the extradition or discussing the merits of the case. It's just that some of us remember back when Mr. Dotcom, known then as Kimble, used to be a self-promoting prick, boasting of his hacking prowess and setting up fly-by-night shell companies designed to take money from unsuspecting and gullible punters.

He hasn't changed a bit (perhaps he got fatter?), though it appears that he finally hit paydirt for real with Megauploads--at least for a while.

-dZ.

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Re: Oh, Kimble!

I got the same when I posted about what a twat he is the other week. It's as though that automatically meant that I was a huge fan of the RIAA and MPAA and am probably ACS:Law in disguise

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Have to love the line "portly potentate of megaupload"

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What to do

If only there were some large island nearby that had historically been used to exile criminals, perhaps Mr. Dotcom could be sent there for life and the US could be spared the effort of extradition.

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Re: What to do

Hey, We don't want him!

- Resident of the former convict island

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Re: What to do

The Isle of Man?

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Re: What to do

How could you be so inhuman. I know Kim's a cunt, but steady on..... the Isle of Man. I don't care what he's done, no one deserves that.

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Go ahead and name names

Anyone using the site for illegal purposes is open to prosecution be they government employees of Bill Gates.

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Re: Go ahead and name names (@AC 13th March 2012 00:00 GMT Anonymous Coward )

"...be they government employees of Bill Gates."

A Freudian slip?

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El Reg Article Is Drudgereport Main Headline

Kudos El Reg!

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Entertainment products are a ripoff

The true crime here is the collusion between the Obama White House and the Hollywood/Entertainment fat cats.

Vote for anyone other than Obama this November.

Boycott all of the overpriced entertainment products from the Hollywood/Entertainment industry.

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Re: Entertainment products are a ripoff

Yeah, like the other candidates don't collude (even more) with big-business. Get a grip.

It looks like you are looking for the least corrupt candidate. Good luck.

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Re: Entertainment products are a ripoff

Of course Romney will be all for the little guy won't he. Never been a big business guy him has he?

Oh, wait.

Nevermind, let's have Santorum. Then you won't even care about getting free TV shows and music because you'll be worrying that you might get nailed to a tree for blasphemy instead.

Genius.

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Re: Entertainment products are a ripoff

The more I look at the two major parties, the more libertarian I become.

Mine's the one with Hayek's "Road to Serfdom" in the pocket.

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Bama is a charlatan

Bama my be a criminal but that has nothing to do with copyright laws. Hating the RIAA/MPAA is not going to change copyright law. If you want a product or service then you pay for it like everyone else or you go without.

I think the price of gasoline is too high but I don't steal it. I think cable TV is too expensive but I don't steal it. I think Internet access and telephone rates are too high, but I don't steal those digital services.

While I fully agree that Bama should be voted out or impeached sooner, that has nothing to do with copyright holders enforcing their copyrights.

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The guy seems like an arse

But at least he is an arse through and through, no pretension. Look at ma guns, cars, houses and babes! Unlike politicos, who hide the fact that they are enormous buttholes for as long as possible.

Exposing a bit of hypocrisy from those in power would be an awesome way to utilise your arsehole powers Mr Dotcom!

Also, clearly he's doing something right to have made all that money...

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he *is* an arse

HIs biggest enemy is himself as evidenced by his surname. His life seems to be littered with misdemeanours. Honesty is not in this guy's blood.

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Excellent PR

The Public relations of this incident is outstanding! Good Job Kim Dotcom (lol)

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Hmm...

"it does seem that Dotcom is willing to name names when his case comes the trial."

Do you know something we don't?

I think that a little thing called "due process" has to be gone through before he has to name names?

He probably will be extradited but don't you think that you should give the New Zealand courts a chance to make up their minds first?

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Wrong end of the stick?

It's not that he has to name names, it's that he's threatening to, as part of his defence.

Which he should, IMHO, as it would be funny to watch the cockroaches scurry out of the light when it turns out many of those that are pushing the laws he's facing have actually used his service.

I don't say this because I support piracy, I say this because I support exposing hypocrisy.

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Re: Wrong end of the stick?

"...I don't say this because I support copyright infringement, I say this because I support exposing hypocrisy...

Fixed it for you [but upvoted anyway]

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Re: Hmm...

>>I think that a little thing called "due process" has to be gone through before he has to name names?

Nope. He could easily "let slip" to newspapers, or his lawyers could see to it for him. As to "due process", where's his due process? He might be a d-ckw-d but that doesn't give the US rights to engineer his arrest on foreign soil.

"[...]don't you think that you should give the New Zealand courts a chance to make up their minds first?"

Um, yeah so far they're arrested a peaceful resident on the say-so of the 'merkins. They've seized assets on the 'merkins behalf. Why on earth wouldn't they bend down again while the US penis enters their collected anal cavities?

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Pah

This means nothing. Using the system isn't the problem, it's what the company did that is illegal.

Even if individual users were breaking the law using Megaupload that is NOT the same as the Dept of Justice etc using it. That they are/were allowed to use such systems on government systems is a more interesting issue. Normally that sort of thing is massively clamped down on and blocked, just like torrenting or any p2p system.

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Indeed. There seems to be a fundamental misunderstanding at work here.

If these "US Government officials" were using Megaupload to share recordings of public committee meetings, PDFs of publicly available legislation, or NASA photos, there is no case for them to answer, nothing to fear, and Dotcom, as usual, is all hot air and bullshit.

Using a service legally, and subsequently discovering that other users were breaking the law, is not illegal. Maybe a bit embarrassing, but nothing the courts are going to care about.

Additionally, does no one care that Dotcom is happy to trawl through his users' personal details and threaten to make public the ones he doesn't like the look of?

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I thin \k you miss the point.

Even if that's all they are using it for, it's a solid defence. We call that "subastanal non-infringing use." Of all, Sony knows about that better then anyone.

In addition, with all the clams that there is NO use which is justified comming out of washington and that Mr. Dotcom is a evil pirate hellbent on destroying the entertainment industry (rather then an ex-con who has served his time, and a bit of a twat (not a crime, last I looked)) it will be fun to watch the squirming and doublespeak out of whoever he names.

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Congradulations

As an avid reader of both El Reg and Drudge, congratulations on getting a story linked from Drudge!!! IT angle? Uh.....how much did your bandwidth usage go up after the link was posted? :D

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I was reading up on it. The reason why they claimed they went after mega load is this . Copyright holders would complain about infringement . Mega upload would only remove the unique url but not the infringing material . The person that put it there was free to generate a new URL and keep on sharing it .

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Why do you have a space before and after your full stops? ('Periods' for you crazy Merkins) .

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otto korreks

Bet poster's using a mobe, and when selecting the word that it finds based upon the first few characters, gets a following space character that should be deleted before adding the period.

My mobe does that, but I remove the space, because it's annoying as hell .

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Re: otto korreks

You are correct. Verizon updated my Android and certain settings were reset.

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@JakeyC

Pedant 'merkin hater is still a pedant.

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Why was MegaUpload really shut down?

MegaBox was going to be an alternative music store that was entirely cloud-based and offered artists a better money-making opportunity than they would get with any record label.

"UMG knows that we are going to compete with them via our own music venture called Megabox.com, a site that will soon allow artists to sell their creations directly to consumers while allowing artists to keep 90 percent of earnings," MegaUpload founder Kim 'Dotcom' Schmitz told Torrentfreak

Not only did they plan on allowing artists to keep 90% of their earnings on songs that they sold, they wanted to pay them for songs they let users download for free.

"We have a solution called the Megakey that will allow artists to earn income from users who download music for free," Dotcom outlined. "Yes that's right, we will pay artists even for free downloads. The Megakey business model has been tested with over a million users and it works."

Why was Hollywood created:

Over a century ago Thomas Edison got the patent for a device which would "do for the eye what the phonograph does for the ear". He called it the Kinetoscope. He was not only amongst the first to record video, he was also the first person to own the copyright to a motion picture.

Because of Edisons patents for the motion pictures it was close to financially impossible to create motion pictures in the North american east coast. The movie studios therefor relocated to California, and founded what we today call Hollywood. The reason was mostly because there was no patent.

There was also no copyright to speak of, so the studios could copy old stories and make movies out of them - like Fantasia, one of Disneys biggest hits ever.

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Megaupload, Megabox, Megakey...

I guess "Mega" is the new "Kim."

Is he going to change his name to Megable now? LOL!

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Release...

...the names and IPs of the Gov't users, would make interesting reading.

Justice Dept also love their TOR, and we all know what that's commonly used for don't we..

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Re: Release...

Bypassing the company web filter?

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Re: Release...

..yes we do...privacy.

Judging by your comment, we can all guess what YOU would use TOR for though.

Anonymous Cowards...we all know what THEY are don't we....

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Says the Anonymous Coward! Words fail me.

Moron!

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