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Pop Artists Support Megaupload; Universal Censors 255

New submitter TheSHAD0W writes "Several well-known artists, including P. Diddy, Will.I.Am, Snoop Dogg and Kanye West produced a song in support of the site Megaupload, recently targeted by law enforcement as a 'rogue site.' The music video was gaining popularity — until YouTube received a takedown notice from Universal Media Group, claiming it violated their copyrights."
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Pop Artists Support Megaupload; Universal Censors

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  • Ah good old Kim (Score:5, Informative)

    by InsightIn140Bytes ( 2522112 ) on Saturday December 10, 2011 @10:12AM (#38325336)
    There's a brief article about him on Wikipedia []. He's an old hacker who made money by inside trading and later set up the Mega* sites brand with Megaupload, Megavideo and Megaporn along others. On Google Video there's 6 years old video [] when he goes to Monaco grand prix and spends $10 million over the weekend for all kinds of parties.

    He's been awfully silent lately, but lately he bought NZ$30 million mansion from New Zealand and got residency there. After that he sponsored $500,000 fireworks for capital of NZ in celebration of residency [].

    Looks like they contracted the producing of that song to Printz Board. Wonder how much he paid for that. And you say sites like The Pirate Bay and Megaupload "barely get income to pay for hosting" :-)
    • Re:Ah good old Kim (Score:5, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 10, 2011 @10:30AM (#38325488)
      You can't compare The Pirate Bay and Megaupload - Megaupload charges it's users, TPB asks for donations. Big difference.
    • I wondered where he went! Him and his triple aggregated GPRS connected car and other such nonsense. Best of luck to those that fall for his tricks!

    • Re:Ah good old Kim (Score:5, Insightful)

      by Greger47 ( 516305 ) on Saturday December 10, 2011 @10:52AM (#38325652)

      Sure, Kim is as big a slime ball as they come, but don't stare yourself blind on him.

      The big story here is the absolutely monumental brazenness of Universal, using a bogus DMCA copyright claim to censor someone they don't like on a high visibility site as YouTube .

      And they do this in spite that one of the major criticisms against their pet new SOPA/PIPA law is that it is ripe for abuse through bogus notices.

      Either they are so sure of them selves, having congress in their pocket, or they are monumentally stupid.


      • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

        by Anonymous Coward

        Well big media bought and paid for the DMCA so of course we are free to use it any way we damn please.

        Now shut up, we are in the middle of a board meeting to decide who is going to be president next term.

        The Big Media Overlords

      • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

        by Anonymous Coward

        What makes you so sure that they do not own at least part of the copyright on that video? Many artists have no idea what their contracts allow or forbid them to do. They would certainly not be the first to put something on the web where it later turned out they didn't own the necessary rights. If they had just given an interview and put that on Youtube, then we'd clearly be talking about censorship. They had to make it a music video though and now it's all muddy waters.

  • That's the best trailer from Universal since a while.
  • by sakdoctor ( 1087155 ) on Saturday December 10, 2011 @10:24AM (#38325444) Homepage

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    • by thegarbz ( 1787294 ) on Saturday December 10, 2011 @10:46AM (#38325612)

      I know your comment is tongue in cheek, but this is life as we know it right now.

      - Sick of waiting in lines at Disney Land? Pay extra.
      - Public heath system queues getting you down? Pay for private medical insurance.
      - Want to book an airfare for tomorrow rather than next week, that'll cost you too.

      Even in Dubai on holiday we saw the same thing. Tickets for the observation tower on the Burj Khalifa were $25, but they were "sold out" until Sunday. That is unless you want to pay $100 to go to the top in which case there's spots for you straight away.

      These days we live in the world where those who can pay get the premium service. It has less to do with actually providing a "premium" service, and more to do with trying to nickel-and-dime the public for every last cent where possible.

      • Le's not forget that now we can also pay to get through "express" security lanes at the airport. If there's one thing that epitomizes just how much "theater" is in security theater, there you have it. (not to mention how well it reflects much of society these days...)

      • by Scrameustache ( 459504 ) on Saturday December 10, 2011 @11:58AM (#38326212) Homepage Journal

        Even in Dubai

        Especially in Dubai. I don't understand why people willingly set foot in such a wretched hive of disregard for human rights, but they should expect a plutocratic system when they do.

        • by thegarbz ( 1787294 ) on Saturday December 10, 2011 @07:16PM (#38330632)

          I don't understand why people willingly set foot in such a wretched hive of disregard for human rights

          Evidently you have not been to Dubai. So they tried to nickel-and-dime us up the tallest tower in the world, but you know what else? The rest of my stay there was amongst the most amazing yet cheap destinations on my last trip overseas, which really says something given that we ended up in the likes of Bratislava, Poland, and other cheap east European nations.

          They happily reward those who plan ahead, and aside from the viewing platform we did. They are also very service based there and cater wonderfully for tourists. Drive up and down the river in a boat? That'll be $2 for 12 passengers. $100 got us a bus tour of the entire city, entry into the old palace, entry into the museum, walking tour around the old city of Dubai, tour through the major spice and gold markets. But wait, the day after still included in the $100 was a trip to a wildlife reserve which involved a couple of hours racing over dunes in the desert pausing to take photos of the sunset, then a trip to a large campsite where we got a full buffet meal and entertainment for the whole night.

          Why I would go to Dubai again? Because I can get 2 days complete entertainment and be treated like a king for the cost of a short cab fare in any major American city. Not to mention the cheap shopping and the fact that the entire city is clean and new.

      • pay faster with ez-pass and pay less that the cash rate.

      • Greyhound buses now have not 1 but 2 extra tiers of "get in front of the line":

        (1) Normal routine is to get in line and board on first-come-first-served basis.
        (2) Or, you can pay $5 extra for "Priority Boarding" where you line up in a second queue that is input before the regular line:
        (3) Or, you can pay another $5 extra for "Reserved Seating" where you line up in a third queue that is input to designated seats before either of the above:

      • just to be fair, the Disney parks don't charge anything for their Fast Pass system, and because of that it actually works fairly well. I think they were one of the first places to do it as a crowd management system. Al l the other parks later saw it as a moneymaking venture. (Next one I saw it at was the Universal parks just up the road from Disneyworld). Pay an extra $20 each on top of your $80 ticket and you get to the front of each ride once. Really separates out those who can and can't.

        That said, I'm s

      • by AmiMoJo ( 196126 )

        Thank $deity for BitTorrent. It is just a shame that most browsers don't have built-in support, which is why sites like Megaupload are so popular. If you want to get material out without people having to download client software and without you paying anything then cyberlockers are the only option right now.

        Hay, Mozilla, want to differentiate yourself and add some really cool new features? Build in BitTorrent support.

      • I've had the same debate with friends regarding airlines: first class vs. priority boarding vs. the rest of us, the dregs of society.

        I used to agree with your "nickel and diming" theory, but I gradually have realized that the morons paying for the premium service are subsidizing the rest of us, and I'm okay with that. My $100 fare is probably not keeping the plane in the air. The guy up front who paid $1000 for a seat with 3 more inches on either side, and closer attention from the staff, is "doing" 10x

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      • by dissy ( 172727 )

        You mean cocaine? I'd pay a premium for that.

        That's another good example.

        You can go over to the bad side of town and pickup some cocaine for a price, and have to deal with things like the wait time for it to be available, questionable purity. and of course the risk involved with it being illegal.

        Or, you can go pay a premium to a doctor, to have him/her write on a piece of paper such that grants you permission to pay a premium at the pharmacy to pickup some Adderall.

  • by amiga3D ( 567632 ) on Saturday December 10, 2011 @10:38AM (#38325552)

    Don't these people understand that all music belongs to the mega music corporations? This of course includes music videos as well. They have a lawful right to profit from all music anyone anywhere makes.

  • by houghi ( 78078 ) on Saturday December 10, 2011 @11:11AM (#38325764)

    They are not the copyright holders. They get raped by the copyright holders.

    Don't blame the devil for doing bad things with your sole after you sold it to him.

    • Don't blame the devil for doing bad things with your sole after you sold it to him.

      Joke's on him: That Demented Demon just made me supreme ruler of all the ocean front property in Arizona!

      HA! I don't give a damn what he does to those used sneakers!

    • by skine ( 1524819 )

      When I'm dead, I'm sure I won't be all that worried about my shoes.

    • by circletimessquare ( 444983 ) <circletimessquare&gmail,com> on Saturday December 10, 2011 @12:20PM (#38326426) Homepage Journal

      people do all sorts of desperate things when they are weak or stupid or poor

      it is those who do things out of evil that still deserve and always did deserve your blame

      shifting blame from the devil, in fact, is exactly how the devil works, and you fall for it

      you blame the girl for being raped because of the dress she wore, not the rapist

      you blame the poor for not having health insurance, rather than the rules about healthcare put in place by the rich corporations

      you blame the musician for signing away things he didn't understand when he was a young dumb kid with a catchy tune and stars in his eyes

      no: you should always blame the devil, you shouldn't blame the victim. or you fail at simple morality, and you fail at logical coherence. and the devil depends upon people like you to do that. meanness and cruelty defines a society when it is dominated by people would rather overlook the actions of evil, and point their hate at the weak

    • by Ardeaem ( 625311 )

      Don't blame the devil for doing bad things with your sole after you sold it to him.

      What does the devil want with my pet flounder? Oh, god, Bessie, I'm sorry, I didn't know it was him!

  • I see this an a great opportunity to contact my representative. Most often, congressman get letters from tons of ignorant people mixed with intelligent an unintelligent letters from mobs of people in various campaigns against _____ bill. This is a great showcase of what is wrong with the system; a clear, unambiguous example of its corruption and flaws. I will be contacting my representative about this story in the hopes that he can see exactly why we don't want SOPA to pass.

  • by sjames ( 1099 ) on Sunday December 11, 2011 @04:41AM (#38333248) Homepage Journal

    Wow, nearly 100% whoosh!

    The only relevant point is that Kim owns the rights to this video fair and square and Universal has fraudulently claimed ownership of something they couldn't possibly believe they owned, TWICE!

    It doesn't matter how good or not the video is. It doesn't matter if it's truth or fiction. It doesn't matter if you like Kim or not.

    So sit back, get some popcorn, and watch as the lawyers contort the law, logic, and even basic reason into a pretzel to maintain that this was anything but perjury. Watch as a judge bends over backwards to avoid making a just ruling against his corporate overlords.

The rich get rich, and the poor get poorer. The haves get more, the have-nots die.