As a part of SOPA and PIPA, the US officials have arrested Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom and Federal prosecutors have accused it of costing the copyright holders more than $500m.
The announcement came a day after thousands of websites took part in a “blackout” to protest against the Stop Online Piracy Act (Sopa) and the Protect Intellectual Property Act (Pipa).
The US Chamber of Commerce has defended the proposed laws saying that enforcement agencies “lack the tools” to effectively apply existing intellectual property laws to the digital world.
Industry watchers suggest this latest move may feed into the wider debate.
“Neither of the bills are close to being passed – they need further revision. But it appears that officials are able to use existing tools to go after a business alleged to be inducing piracy,” said Gartner’s media distribution expert Mike McGuire.
“It begs the question that if you can find and arrest people who are suspected to be involved in piracy using existing laws, then why introduce further regulations which are US-only and potentially damaging.”
Meanwhile, A loose-ly organized notorious internet group of hacktivists called “Anonymous” has started Operation #OpMegaupload and made a wave of activities within couple of hours as a response to the take down of Mega-sites.
Few websites which Anonymous took down by methods called “DDOC or LOIC” are:
and took down http://fbi.com after the Dept of Justice tweeted “The department is working to ensure the website is available while we investigate the origins of this activity…”. (Screenshot)
Many YouTube videos can be found as Anonymous promised to strike back if SOPA affected the Free will on the internet.