Music industry turns up volume on Kim Dotcom with new copyright lawsuit

Fresh on the heels of a lawsuit brought against Kim Dotcom by the MPAA film industry lobby, the Megaupload founder is now being sued by the music industry in an action his lawyers are calling “meritless.” Despite being forced to shut down in January 2012 after Dotcom was hit with copyright infringement charges, Megaupload is now confronting new lawsuits from the powerful music and film industries. A lawsuit filed on behalf of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) makes copyright accusations against Dotcom, his colleagues Mathias Ortmann and Bram van der Kolk, and investor Vestor Limited. The lawsuit claims they “willfully engaged in, actively encouraged, and handsomely profited from massive copyright infringement of music” on Megaupload. The lawsuit follows one filed by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) on Monday. The lawsuits from both the music and film industry use the same figure from the US Department of Justice’s prosecution of Dotcom in January 2012, which alleged that Megaupload had pulled in more than $175 million by trafficking in copyrighted content. According to the RIAA’s filing, 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,” claims the RIAA’s filing. “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.” Read the full article here:

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