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Megaupload.com Shut By US

Popular filesharing site Megaupload.com, ranked 179 in India on Alexa, has been shut down by the United States and its domain name seized, following a court order by a US District Court (via Wired). Megaupload was also one of the sites blocked in India when the Indian courts issued 'John Doe' orders, allowing copyright owners to get any potential file-sharing site on a preemptive basis, despite their being no infringement. We tried and Megaupload.com is not working, and a message on MegaUpload.org website reads: "This domain name associated with the website Megaupload.com has been seized pursuant to an order issued by the U.S. District Court." Why this should matter to you (in India) is because this is just another instance of US agencies shuttering external sites, and that the United States still controls the Internet through ICANN. For example, last…

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