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THE RIAA, that is, the Recording Industry Association of America, is suing Kim Dotcom and Megaupload for alleged copyright infringement.
The RIAA is not a fan of Dotcom, online storage, 'piracy', and probably parrots and eye patches. It has set up such filesharing websites and services as its enemies and regularly rounds on them.
In its latest campaign it is following the MPAA and others into the courts with papers bearing complaints.
In a statement it said that it has filed the civil lawsuit against Megaupload and accused it of the "massive copyright infringement of sound recordings".
Dotcom and Megaupload pulled in $175m of ill-gotten profits, it said, and cost the recording industry $500m in revenues, according to the RIAA, and it claimed they did it willfully.
"Megaupload Limited played an active role in ensuring that it had the most popular content on its servers, that the URL links to those infringing content files were widely disseminated on the Internet, and that the links were advertised and promoted by pirate linking sites, so that the maximum number of Megaupload users would access the infringing content," it said in its complaint.
"It further exercised active control over the process of providing that content by regulating the volume and speed of transmissions to users who had not yet purchased 'premium' subscriptions."
Ira Rothken, Dotcom and Megaupload's lawyer, said that the case is a meritless waste of time, adding that the cloud service's opponents are lost and confused.
RIAA, MPAA, and DOJ are like three blind mice following each other in the pursuit of meritless © claims and assault on © neutral cloud tech— Ira Rothken (@rothken) April 10, 2014
The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has filed its own lawsuit against the cloud storage outfit, and did so with the backing of Twentieth Century Fox, Disney, Paramount Pictures, Universal City Studios, Columbia Pictures and Warner Bros.
Then, as now, Rothken called the lawsuit 'meritless'. µ
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