Because who the hell do they think they are!
As we reported earlier, Megaupload had some major success in getting so A-list music stars to appear in a music video endorsing the site. Everyone from Diddy to Mary J Blige lent their celebrity to the cause, hoping to spread the good word of using the file sharing site.
But not everyone was thrilled with the video; namely, Universal Music Group, as several of their top performers were involved and they didn't see a dime for it. Immediately, they had YouTube pull the "Mega Song" off the site, claiming that it was infriging on material they had the copyright to.
Friends, that just isn't so and Megaupload is out to prove it with one hell of lawsuit! The site is lawyering up Megaupload CEO David Robb had this to say about the controversy this morning:
“Let us be clear: Nothing in our song or the video belongs to Universal Music Group. We have signed agreements with all artists endorsing Megaupload. Efforts to reach out to UMG and open a dialog about this abuse of the DMCA process were answered with unfounded and baseless legal threats and demands for an apology.”
With this issue in full swing, the site is also prepared to add it's assistance to the SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act)debate, which threatens to censor the Internet in a major way. David Robb added:
“UMG is currently lobbying lawmakers in Washington for legislation that would allow them to not only delete specific content from a website, but to delete entire websites from the Internet. After this demonstration of the abuse of power by UMG, we are certain that such an instrument of Internet censorship should not be put into the hands of corporations."
Now, if you could get some of those famous friends of yours to do the same and stand up to stop SOPA from happening, then we might be on our way!
Oh, and in case you missed it, here is the Mega Song for your enjoyment!
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