Remember the MegaUpload song and the ruckus it created with Universal Music Group? There have been *shocking developments*
In a promotional video, the “Megaupload Mega Song,” Kanye West, Will.i.am, Diddy, Alicia Keys, Chris Brown, Snoop Dogg, Lil’ Jon, Kim Kardashian, Mary J Blige, Serena Williams and The Game spread the buzz about the popular file sharing site. Universal Music Group issued a “take-down notice” late last year and Megaupload has responded with a counter lawsuit against the label.
The New York Post just found out about it, but they’ve introduced a startling wrench into the story: that the CEO of MegaUpload is one Kasseem Dean, bka the producer Swizz Beatz.
Many renound sites have gone black today to raise awareness against the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and its sister legislation the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA). Both laws are designed prevent illegal downloading and copyright infringements by targeting websites that sell pirated movies, music and other products. Most notably, Wikipedia.com SOPA will be put to a vote on Jan. 24, 2012 in the Senate. Google is one of the largest organizations showing their support today, by blacking out the infamous Google doodle on their homepage.
MILLIONS of internet users have signed the digital petition to prevent these two acts from being passed.
The White House has formally declared that it will not support SOPA as written. In an official statement , the administration states: “While we believe that online piracy by foreign websites is a serious problem that requires a serious legislative response, we will not support legislation that reduces freedom of expression, increases cybersecurity risk, or undermines the dynamic, innovative global Internet.”