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I have sympathy for the little people who are always the ones affected in something like this. Sure the big names may get the 90% profit and consumers will pay and get to see their movies or listen to their songs, but what about the unknown people who are involved in the hitmaking process. The ones that have no dealing with sites like Megaupload. It's the sites like Megaupload and the big names who are getting the $$$$$$$$$. Piracy should be stopped. It only benefits the rich by making them richer.
It's hard to have sympathy for Hollywood and the Music Industry. They are so overpaid for the garbage they produce. Somehow with all the piracy they can afford to pay a movie star $20 million to do a lousy movie. Somehow on TV they can pay an actor $1 million per episode of a lousy sitcom. Somehow they can afford to pay huge bucks to a rapper artist.
But who do they give back to? Just certain people and themselves? Why should Megaupload collect profits (I mean millions) for what other people work so hard to do? These are people who sit on their bottoms and push little buttons, then they're called a genius. A genious for figuring out a way to make theirself and their friends even more filthy rich.
I used megaupload quite a bit to upload open source files as well as poser, daz, etc content. I paid good money for the cloud storage capabilities of megaupload and stored a lot of content there so when needed it could be accessed. Today I am scrounging hard drives looking for files to recover which will take several day and a lot of work to do.
Not one news article I have seen mentions the legal and practical use of the file sharing sites. Now those of use who use it legally are out of luck and missing hundreds to thousands of dollars worth of content and work. Because of a hard drive crash I am certain some of my files are missing and will have to try and find them or repurchase. Not all things about file sharing sites are bad however you would never know that listening to Hollywood and Big Brother.
The interesting thing is that the companies who use the FBI to shut down enterprises and lock up people in other countries invested millions in piracy without giving the artists anything while Megaupload gives back:
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