Irate Internet thugs hack US gov’t sites

Larger question: Freedom of speech v. right to be compensated for work

The Guardian is reporting that the hacktivist Internet thugs known as “Anonymous” launched its “largest attack ever” yesterday, claiming responsibility for a coordinated takedown of websites, including the FBI, Department of Justice and White House along with other organizations supporting anti-piracy legislation.

The attack, dubbed “Operation Payback,” came in response to Thursday’s news that the Justice Department shut down Hong Kong-based, massive file-sharing site Megaupload. The attack also temporarily brought down the websites of the Recording Industry of America, the Motion Picture Association of America and Universal Music, among others, in retaliation for their support of anti-piracy legislation in Congress, known as SOPA and PIPA.

An indictment accompanying the arrest of the CEO and several executives of Megaupload, accused the company, one of the world’s most popular file-sharing sites, of costing copyright holders at least $500 million in lost revenue.

It is also reported that Anonymous’ attack included the websites of the U.S. Copyright Office and the site for BMI, or Broadcast Music, Inc., which collects license fees from businesses that use music and distributes them as royalties to songwriters and performers.

Read the details of their activities in the UK’s Guardian here.

Seeing Red AZ recently wrote about the anti-piracy bills known as SOPA and PIPA.

10 Responses to Irate Internet thugs hack US gov’t sites

  1. shadowloobison says:

    Its only right that someone take the stand for the injustice that the US corporation is doing. They say they are protecting us, I find that hard to believe. How can you protect people by taking their freedoms away? How does that work in a free society?

    • Stanford says:

      Injustice? People who provide the creativity for the things you enjoy, deserve compensation. Do you read books, go to the theater or listen to music? Should all the effort that went into those “products” be yours for the asking? What if you like a suit in the store? Are you able to take it? Ditto a meal in a fine restaurant. Using your thinking, why should you have to pay for the chef’s talents. Maybe you could compromise and just pay for the ingredients? Instead of a $50 meal you could pay $12.75 and call it even.

  2. TeaPartyPatriot says:

    Once again, the dictatorial, criminal, unconstitutional OBOZO regimes acts without any due-process. Everyone should be afraid, very afraid, of these despicable despots – you and/or your company could be next to be destroyed at their whim.

    • garvan says:

      What’s more, several of my grandchildren report that Megaupload is the only platform available for uploading giant files.

      So, not all of their activities involved piracy.

      In any case, if the thugs at the DOJ can unilaterally and without due process shut them down without at least a judicial hearing, they can just as easily shut down this website.

      All “Anonymous” did was emulate what the DOJ did.

  3. TeaPartyPatriot says:

    BTW: for those challenged by connecting-the-dots: the ONLY reason OBOZO shut down megaupload was to secure more MILLIONS in campaign donations from his hollywood pals. This evil, despicable WORST-PRESIDENT-IN-AMERICAN-HISTORY is guided by one thing – his re-election (plus his warped, extremist ideology).

  4. Another LD11 PC says:

    Am I reading correctly that SeeingRedAZ agrees with the Obama administration?

    I’d like to direct your attention back to the Declaration: “When in the course of human events…”

    Opposition to tyrannical government is the job of every patriot.

    Where in the constitution does it state that it’s the federal government’s job to protect intellectual property? Please point that out.

    (Hint: It’s not in there. )

    That doesn’t mean it’s not the role of government. However, if it’s not EXPLICITLY STATED in the constitution, then it’s not the role of the federal government. If you believe otherwise, you hate the founding fathers.

    • Seeing Red AZ says:

      You’ve read this site often enough to know it is unquestionably conservative. But there are times when issues, their resolutions and the conclusions we come to, surprise us all. Black and white works out in chess but not always in real life. If you’re a parent, you know that. Although the lefties in Hollywood are most definitely not our friends, they and those in other professions that employ a multitude of creative talents — actors, writers, musicians, engineers among them — are unfairly exploited when their work is pirated.

      Do you recall the attempts by Paul McCartney to purchase the rights to his own songs that had been bought by Michael Jackson for nearly $50 million? Michael Jackson even outbid Paul McCartney and Yoko Ono, John Lennon’s widow, to own the much desired copyrights to the Beatles’ music. By owning the copyrights to the songs, Jackson earned royalties each and every time Beatles’ music was played on the radio, performed live in concert or sold in stores. The reality is that the money is in owning the copyrights.

      There’s more here:

      http://www.snopes.com/music/artists/jackson.asp

  5. ZOO says:

    I have copywrited material that has been all over the web for over a dozen years and have never received compensation. In contact with BMI, they told me they were “negotiating” with certain sites like ITunes and others for compensation, but these and little pirate sites pretty much get away with murder. The biggest protestors on this legislation are the ones stuffing their pockets using stolen properties of others, with Google/YouTube right in the middle of it. It is with amazing gaul that users of these sites believe their “entitled” to intellectual properties of others simply because they own a computer and pay an IP. I hope these bills pass and they shut down all of these thieves.

    • garvan says:

      Have you tried filing a lawsuit against these people?

      • ZOO says:

        I am referring to 25 to 30 commercial sites and untold file “sharing” sites. To take all of them into litigation would be cost-prohibitive, and the people running the sites know that. It is similar to every car on the freeway going 15 miles over the speed limit, because they know only one or two will be caught.