How Megaupload’s Seizure Can Affect its Law-Abiding Users

Story time!

Last month, musician Dan Bull rapped his thoughts about SOPA in a YouTube video called SOPA Cabana (you should watch it.  It’s really well done).  This video went viral and racked up over a million views.  As it happens, it was through this video that most people discovered Dan’s second album, Face, which he offered for free on Megaupload.

Yeah, I think you see where this is going.

As you may have heard, file-sharing site Megaupload was shut down by the feds last week, its assets seized and its owners arrested, charged with “conspiracy to commit racketeering, conspiracy to commit copyright infringement, conspiracy to commit money laundering and criminal copyright infringement.”  Navigating to now shows only an FBI anti-piracy warning stating that the domain has been seized.

Was there pirated material on Megaupload?  Undoubtedly.  But there was also legitimate content that is now totally inaccessible, including Dan Bull’s new album.

“How the hell is this supposed to be helping the independent artists grow to be healthily self-sufficient?” raps Dan in his latest video (which you can watch above), expressing his frustration that for all the attention the success of SOPA Cabana brought to his new album, every link to it is now dead.

Fortunately, Dan didn’t delete his album off his hard drive after he put it on Megaupload.  You can now find it here.

-Reporting from San Diego, GamePolitics Contributing Editor Andrew Eisen

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