Monday, January 23, 2012

File Sharing Website Megaupload was Shutdown by US Authorities

US authorities have shut down one of the largest file sharing website and charged seven people with copyright crimes.

The file sharing site went offline as officials and the Federal Bureau of Investigation laid out details of what they described as
"among the largest criminal copyright cases ever brought by the United States."

The site is popular with Hollywood celebrities and has been endorsed by music stars such as Kanye West. It was also reported Thursday that Swizz Beatz, a music producer married to the singer Alicia Keys, was its chief executive.

Beatz, whose real name is Kasseem Dean, was not named in the indictment.

The announcement of the indictment on Thursday came one day after Wikipedia, Google and other websites staged a protest against congressional legislation intended to crack down on online piracy.


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