As you may or may not know, MegaUpload - one of the largest file sharing services has been taken down by the feds.
To us - this means no more 1gb free downloads. And we move onto MediaFire and Rapidshare. - But more importantly,
this means that our inherent freedom to share files amongst ourselves is being taken away, one service provider at a time.
Yes, there are people who use these web services for pirated content, but what of those who don't?
It is an age old argument and I will not dig deeper into it. Piracy or not, these services NEED to stay up. That much is certain.
To the feds - this is apparently something worth dancing over.
I will say that this event highlights two things. One - that SOPA is not needed in order to take down infringing sites.
Two - just how much anger actions like this bring.
And point number two is perfectly illustrated by Anonymous, who did not stand for this. As of today,
they launched a very large scale, very aggressive DDoS attack against various gov websites, and as at now, the following
websites are either down completely or struggling to stay up:
Well, to me, personally, that's the equivalent of taking down someone's poster. BUT, as this is getting so much media coverage, it will be hard to ignore.
Read more about this on Gizmodo.