If you attempt to reach megaupload.com your browser will be redirected to http://usdoj.s3-website-us-east-1.amazonaws.com/
The link above displays a warning issued by the Department of Justice that states that the domain has been seized due to a federal indictment.
According to a press release issued by the Department of Justice
“Seven individuals and two corporations have been charged in the United States with running an international organized criminal enterprise allegedly responsible for massive worldwide online piracy of numerous types of copyrighted works, through Megaupload.com and other related sites, generating more than $175 million in criminal proceeds and causing more than half a billion dollars in harm to copyright owners.”
In response to the Megaupload raid the hacktivist collective anonymous conducted DOS (denial of service) attacks on the websites of the U.S. Department of Justice, the FBI, the Motion Picture Association of America, and the Recording Industry Association of America.
The Stop Online Privacy Act made people nervous because it would allow the U.S. government to seize servers and domains in the same manner in which they did with the Megaupload raid.
In light of the raid I am gravely concerned. It would appear that without even enacting legislation that the internet is fair game for Big Brother. Although the precedent sent by this debacle limits our personal freedom it will not prevent piracy. According to blogger Dennis Fisher of threatpost.com “No law passed in the U.S. is going to have any real effect on whether people steal movies, music and books. That ship has sailed.”
SOPA and PIPA be damned. It looks like Uncle Sam is going to do whatever he wants regardless of the law. Enjoy a free internet while you can because it’s days are numbered.