I was speaking with my sister about this MegaUpload thing and she's quite pissed because it was the site her scrapbooking group used to store and share their brushes, filters and other elements. She reckons about 15 gigs of her own work is suddenly gone from the net, no longer for others to share until another suitable venue is found. Fortunately, she has backups of it all, but that's not the point. Her entire group has been disadvantaged, not to mention penalised, by this FBI decision.
For mine, the FBI should be dealing with REAL CRIME, and the MPIAA, RIAA and other scum sucking capitalist pigs should be taking these IP matters through the civil courts, as was originally intended by legislation. We ordinary citizens cannot get law enforcement to act on our behalf when it comes to personal business matters/dealings, and neither should these filthy rich bastards who think the cops/FBI are at their beckon call.
If I lived in the US and MPIAA or RIAA lawyers/representatives ever knocked on my door for any reason, I'd probably open fire with a mouthful of abuse first, then take a baseball bat to the mongrels. Why, because the bastards aren't there within any true legal capacity, but to intimidate, bully and threaten people who told are they have no rights.
Yeah, piracy is wrong, but thes fuckers are going all the wrong way about combating it. The more 'big brother' and aggressive they become, the more these rebel organisations are going to come back with a vengeance to disrupt and destroy the corporate bigwigs. How about fairer and more realistic pricing? I mean, 20 bucks in a cinema for a 1 1/2 - 2 hour picture. I refuse to pay it, but if I want to see something badly enough, rather than pirate it, I'll either rent or buy it on DVD/Bluray, or wait until it comes on telly if its not that important/good. Still, prices on digital media are too high and could come down, but no, the execs wouldn't take a salary cut to enable that idea and still make a profit. Nope, and as far as I'm concerned the Hollywood moguls [their legal parasite and associations] asked for what they're getting.