Finally, we see the picture…

We were rather curious as to why MegaUpload would be the target, especially since it seemed to be a legitimate company.

But this explains it… They were breaking up the monopoly that Record companies currently have over their artists…

We hear about the wealth of our entertainers… But hidden is how much more, the record companies are scamming off the entertainers products… We buy a U2 album, we think we are helping U2… they only get 1%… Universal takes the other 99%

Obviously, artists would like to perform for another venue. Obviously Universal would like to prevent that from happening.

MagaUpload was immune from both SOPA and PIPA bills.. That is because both bills excluded from control, any site with a .org, or .com in the suffix. was therefore exempt…. because it is NOT a foreign registered site, but as a .com, is actually registered here, meaning SOPA and PIPA would not apply…

In the last few days and months, Megaupload had announced plans to help artists make more money… and had announced that very successful and famous music producer Swizz Beatz had become CEO of Megaupload. Beatz is also married to recording superstar Alicia Keys and was responsible for getting all those RIAA artists to endorse Megaupload. All indications were that the company was clearly building a legitimate system for artists to make money and fans to get content. And it seemed that many artists clearly supported the site.

At the same time there are huge questions about why the government is involved here. Megaupload is currently engaged in a lawsuit in the US — and contrary to claims of SOPA/PIPA supporters, the company seemed more than willing to appear in court to deal with civil copyright claims.

Here is the timeline for the DOJ takedown….

Early 2011″ – “The FBI contacted New Zealand Police in early 2011 with a request to assist with their investigation into the Mega Conspiracy.” said Detective Inspector Grant Wormald of OFCANZ
28-OCT-2011 – [1] MegaUpload labelled a ‘rogue’ site by MPAA.
09-DEC-2011 – [2] MegaUpload releases a music video with RIAA artists endorsing MegaUpload.
10-DEC-2011 – [3] UMG doesn’t like the video. Has it removed from YouTube.
12-DEC-2011 – [4] MegaUpload files suit against UMG on the grounds that UMG cannot remove the content as MegaUpload holds the copyright, not UMG.
16-DEC-2011 – [5] UMG says “So what? We can take down whatever we want!” and “You can’t touch us. This isn’t DMCA. We didn’t take it down because of copyright. We took it down because we can.”
21-DEC-2011 – [6] MegaUpload labelled a “rogue” site by the USTR.
28-DEC-2011 – [7] MegaUpload wants an explaination from UMG.
19-JAN-2012 – [8] MegaUpload shut down by Feds
20-JAN-2012 – [9] New Zealand arrests in US led global copyright infringement investigation of and related sites

So who is in charge of our Justice System? Certainly not WE, the People……