According to the Washingtonpost.com, “one of the world’s largest file-sharing sites was shut down Thursday, while it founder and several company executives” were arrested in New Zealand charged with violating piracy laws.
“The indictment accuses Megaupload.com of costing copyright holders more than $500 million in lost revenue from pirated films and other content. ”
The Justice Department said in a statement said that:
“”Megaupload was unique not only because of its massive size and the volume of downloaded content, but also because it had high-profile support from celebrities, musicians and other content producers who are most often the victims of copyright infringement and piracy. ”
“”Dotcom, a resident of both Hong Kong and New Zealand, and a dual citizen of Finland and Germany, made more than $42 million from the conspiracy in 2010 alone, according to the indictment.”
According to cnet.com a total of 7 people were been named in the indictment and four suspects have been taken into custody.
“DotCom and three others were arrested in Auckland, New Zealand by New Zealand police, who “who executed provisional arrest warrants requested by the United States,” the Justice Department.”
“Along with Dotcom, Kim Tim Jim Vestor, 37, a resident of Hong Kong and New Zealand was also arrested. ”
“Authorities say that Dotcom founded Megaupload and is the director and sole shareholder of Vestor Limited, which has been used to hold his ownership interests in the Mega-affiliated sites. ”
“They have been charged in Virginia with crimes related to online piracy, including racketeering conspiracy, conspiring to commit copyright infringement, and conspiring to commit money laundering.”
It would seem to me if the Feds have the ability to make arrests based on current laws, even on companies, citizens and sites that live and operate in countries outside of the US, laws like SOPA and PIPA are not needed.