Feds charge 7 in 'massive' case against Megaupload online piracy ring

Raked in $175M in ill-gotten gains, say authorities

By , Computerworld |  Networking, Megaupload, piracy

Those bills -- drafted by the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, respectively -- are designed to make it easier for copyright holders to take down foreign websites that distribute pirated movies, music and software. Opponents , however, have argued that the legislation will give content owners too much power.

The seven men each face a maximum of 55 years in prison if convicted on all counts.

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