Today’s announcement has literally come out of nowhere. Some very well-known A-list artists have come out in full support of Megaupload and have produced a 4 minute song titled, ‘The Megaupload song’ produced by Printz Board supporting Megaupload featuring the likes of:
- Kim Kardashian
- Puff Daddy
- Alicia Keys
- Snoop Dogg
- Chris Brown
- Kanye West
- Lil John
- Jamie Foxx
- Serena Williams
- Russel Simons
- Brett Rattner
- Floyd Mayweather
- Estelle Carmello
- Anthony Ciara
- The Game
- Mary J Blidge
- Swizz Beatz
- Kim Dotcom
- Kim Junior
That really is an impressive list of stars and you can bet that the RIAA and MPAA are spitting teeth over it. It’s also hands down the biggest ‘screw you’ I have seen in a while, even if they didn’t mean it to come across like that.
Here is what some of the stars have said about their favorite way to send files (via Torrent Freak)
“When I got to send files across the globe, I use Megaupload,” declares Will.i.am, an artist signed to labels owned by RIAA-members Warner and Universal.
“When i’m sending my hits out I use Megaupload, ‘cos it’s fast. I can receive hits and I can send ‘em out,” declares P Diddy, an artist signed to Interscope, a label owned by Universal.
Kanye West, signed to Universal-owned Def Jam, likes to use Megaupload “…because it’s the fastest and safest way to send files – period.”
Alicia Keys, who is signed to Sony-owned RCA, says she uses Megaupload “….because I know that I can get my music safely and quickly -and you know that i’m serious about my music.”
Snoop Dogg, signed to EMI-owned Priority, uses it “…because it keeps the kids off the street,” and The Game (Universal) says that even his lawyers know he uses it, “…and I got plenty of them.”
Now that ladies and gentlemen is PR at it’s best. If you want to see video snippit of what some of the stars said, then head to the site and select one of them.
Megaupload, owned by the larger than life Kim Dotcom, has for a long time now along with other Cyberlocker and torrent sites endured bad stigma and slurring from the RIAA and MPAA and cast is a very negative way by the public. Sites like this are also to blame for ‘stealing Americans money, their jobs, American innovation etc, which is complete and utter rubbish. The real fact of the matter is these major corporations (film and music) have failed to move with the times and keep up with how technology is moving.
It’s a new and scary world to them and the only way they know how to deal with that, is to lash out and sue anything that moves or shows the slightest bit of innovation; or as they have been doing for a while now, throwing money at the politicians around the world and lobby them to get laws passed that will allow them to create their own laws to meet their greedy needs. The irony is though that Kim Dotcom wants artists to get paid, and I think that is what the major labels don’t seem to understand. The site is perfectly legal and is used as a legal and useful way to transfer and store data by millions of people.
Torrent Freak recently interviewed him where he told them
“Amongst our 180 million users is a large number of celebrities, musicians, film makers, actors, etc. and they love Mega. We have hundreds of premium accounts from employees of the companies the RIAA and MPAA represent. In fact 87% of the fortune 500 companies have premium accounts with us,”
The Megaupload owner has some very big plans for the service in the future which are detailed in the great interview on Torrent Freak by enigmax
Here is the Megaupload Song (now re-upped by Kim Dotcom)
The Track that the stars created has since been removed by Universal citing infringement, although you can still watch it on the Megaupload homepage. This only goes to show just how behind they are in the times and how scared they are of how the future of distribution is heading.
Torrent Freak contacted the owner of Megaupload for his reactions
Megaupload’s Kim Dotcom informs us that he has now submitted an international counter notification to YouTube, informing them that UMG has no rights to anything in the video and that the label abused the YouTube takedown system to sabotage the company’s business.
“It’s ridiculous how UMG is abusing their intervention powers in YouTube’s system to stop our legitimate campaign. They are willfully sabotaging this viral campaign. They own no rights to this content,” Kim insists.
“What UMG is doing is illegal. And those are the people who are calling Mega rogue? Insanity!”
Streisand Effect, here we come again.