Tag: blackout

Anonymous, you are very wrong

Posted by – Sunday 2012-01-22

After Megaupload.com shutdown, Anonymous countered with DDoS attacks against websites such the USA’s Department of Justice or the MPAA.

Anonymous, you are very wrong. Do you know who really is Megaupload’s founder, Kim Schmitz (alias Kim ‘Dotcom’)?

Kim Schmitz, Megaupload's CEO

Kim Schmitz
picture taken from elmundo.es

According to the Wikipedia:

In 1998, Schmitz was sentenced to a probationary sentence of two years for computer fraud and handling stolen goods. According to a report by News & Record, he had traded stolen calling card numbers he bought from hackers in the United States.

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In 2001, Schmitz purchased $375,000 worth of shares of the nearly bankrupt company LetsBuyIt.com and subsequently announced his intention to invest EUR 50 million in the company. Unknown to others, Schmitz did not have the funds available to invest, although the announcement caused the share value of LetsBuyIt.com to jump by nearly 300%. Schmitz quickly sold the shares and profited $1.5 million as a result.

Schmitz had also arranged and obtained an unsecured loan of EUR 280,000 from Monkey AG, a company for which Schmitz had served as Chairman of the Board. The funds were to be paid to Kimvestor AG. As a result, both Monkey and Kimvestor went bankrupt. Schmitz expressed remorse, stating that he had been “dazzled” and had not recognized that he would be unable to repay the loans.

In January 2002, Schmitz was arrested in Bangkok, Thailand, deported to Germany, and sentenced to a probationary sentence of one year and eight months, and a EUR 100,000 fine, the largest insider-trading case in Germany at the time. Schmitz also pleaded guilty to embezzlement in November 2003 and received a two-year probation sentence.

Wikipedia: Kim Dotcom

The (now) defunct Megaupload.com has nothing to see with the Wikipedia or freedom speech in general. By supporting Megaupload.com you are actually disservicing the cause. I did not join last Wednesday blackout to support Kim Schmitz or other crooks who make tons of money by using other’s work.

I do hate the MPAA, the Spanish Sociedad General de Autores y Editores and the like. But what Kim Schmitz does is not the way to follow.

Supporting anti-SOPA Blackout Day

Posted by – Tuesday 2012-01-17

I will support anti-SOPA Blackout Day. Thus, on January 18th this blog will go dark from 00h00 to 24h00 UTC… provided the WordPress plugin I have installed works fine. ;-)

Mister Burns likes SOPA!

Added on January 19, 14h21 CET

It seems that the blackout is beginning to yield actual results:

PIPA support collapses, with 13 new Senators opposed

Members of the Senate are rushing for the exits in the wake of the Internet’s unprecedented protest of the Protect IP Act (PIPA). At least 13 members of the upper chamber announced their opposition on Wednesday. In a particularly severe blow for Hollywood, at least five of the newly-opposed Senators were previously co-sponsors of the Protect IP Act. (Update: since we ran this story, the tally is up to 18 Senators, of which seven are former co-sponsors. See below.)

arstechnica.com: PIPA support collapses, with 13 new Senators opposed

Added on January 22, 02h11 CET

SOPA, PIPA postponed: Nice work, everyone

The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), and the PROTECT-IP Act, known as PIPA, have both been postponed from being voted on in the House and Senate respectively.

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Though both bills have been shelved, both SOPA and PIPA are far from dead. What is clear, however, is that the bills will not return in their current form.

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This isn’t Washington losing. This is Washington listening to the people that it represents. The delay of any action on SOPA and PIPA is a victory for us all, from news publications to ordinary folks on the street.

Nice work, everyone.

ZDNet.com: SOPA, PIPA postponed: Nice work, everyone