I was supoosed to blog about SOPA and then this news appeared and can’t help but blog about it. It seems that SOPA is staring to show its foreseen effects in monopolizing the freedom of the internet as the owner and founder of Megaupload Kim Dotcom was arrested n Auckland, and several company executives charged with violating piracy laws, US federal prosecutors said.
Megaupload is one of the most popular Internet services that lets users transfer large documents, music, photos, and movies anonymously. The movie and music industry has accused Megaupload in the past of copyright infringement.
A New York Times report shows Megaupload, run by Kim Schmitz, also know as Kim Dotcom, of causing $500 million in damages to copyright owners and generating more than $175 million in ad revenue and selling premium subscriptions to users.
Authorities arrested Schmitz today at Dotcom Mansion in Auckland, New Zealand this morning. The 37-year-old Schmitz fled to a safe room and police “had to cut their way in,” reports show. When police entered the safe room, Schmitz was found with a shotgun at his side.
“It was definitely not as simple as knocking at the front door,” detective inspector Grant Wormald told the New York Times.
Reports show officers seized $4.8 million in luxury automobiles, including a Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe and a pink 1959 Cadillac. Myriad artworks and electronics also were taken from the estate.
The arrests come one day after websites all over the world conducted a vast protest (Google, Wikipedia, Firefox, Craiglist ,etc )against two bills pending in the American House of Representatives and Senate, known as Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA), respectively.
In other news (Good News),it looks like the SOPA and PIPA bills in the US Congress are dead. Senators have been dropping their co-sponsorship of PIPA as millions of Americans signed an online petitions and e-mailed their representatives on it. (Will post another updates on it.