How can any website truly be shut down in this day and age?
OldHippie 2 years ago
Most of us have probably seen news of Megaupload's founder and other high ranking employees being rounded up and millions of dollars worth of assets seized in New Zealand this morning based on claims of violation of US copyright laws. Putting aside any question of whether criminalization of a copyright law dispute instead of it being addressed through civil litigation is right or wrong, as a practical matter is it even possible to truly shut down an "offending" website in this day and age? I heard about this on the BBC before getting out of bed, and Megaupload is already up on a new server, albeit without domain name. While it might not be as catchy as Megaupload, it is still there. In addition part of the site is being hosted in Belize under a different domain name. Keep in mind that not only were police in New Zealand involved, so were those in Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, the UK and the Netherlands...and yet they have not completely succeeded. Have websites become the new immortals?
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