Academic Writing

Megaupload Indictment Leaves Everyone Guessing - Part 2

Author(s): 
Anthony Falzone
Jennifer Granick
Publication Date: 
April 6, 2012
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Daily/Journal Op/Ed

The first part of this article outlined the mechanics of the Megaupload website, and the novel questions of criminal inducement on which the government's indictment is premised. Here, we explore two more extensions of existing law on which the indictment is based, and the impact this prosecution is likely to have on Internet innovators and users alike.

Megaupload.com Indictment Leaves Everyone Guessing - Part 1

Author(s): 
Anthony Falzone
Jennifer Granick
Publication Date: 
March 15, 2012
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Days after anti-piracy legislation stalled in Congress, the U.S. Department of Justice coordinated an unprecedented raid on the Hong Kong-based website Megaupload.com. New Zealand law enforcement agents swooped in by helicopter to arrest founder Kim Dotcom at his home outside of Auckland, and seized millions of dollars worth of art, vehicles and real estate. Six other Megaupload employees were also arrested. Meanwhile, the Justice Department seized Megaupload's domain names and the data of at least 50 million users worldwide.

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