As the dust from last week's Department of Justice strike against the popular filesharing site Megaupload begins to settle, the longterm picture regarding file-swapping sites in general -- and the fate of Megaupload users' files in particular -- remains hazy. But at least one thing is clear: Universal Music Group no longer has to worry about fending off a Megaupload lawsuit. For now, anyway.
Following the government shutdown of Megaupload this week, all eyes have been on Swizz Beatz, who was widely reported to be the file sharing service's CEO. However, the release of the 72-page indictment against the company and four of its employees, including founder Kim Dotcom, raised doubts about the degree of Swizz's involvement with the controversial site.
A day after filing a countersuit in its hotly contested legal battle against the Universal Music Group, popular filesharing site Megaupload was shut down by the Department of Justice, sparking a flurry of activity that included indictments, arrests, and a barrage of retaliatory site takedowns led by the shadowy hacker group known as Anonymous.
Megaupload. You've used the service, you know the name. And while it might be just one of a growing number of services dedicated to free and speedy file-sharing, it's the only one that can boast a catchy song recorded in its honor -- by an all-star lineup including will.i.am, Diddy, Kim Kardashian, Alicia Keys, Snoop Dogg, Chris Brown, Kanye West, Lil Jon, Jamie Foxx, Mary J. Blige, Floyd Mayweather, and Game.