“Although the company is based in Hong Kong and Dotcom lives in New Zealand, some of the alleged pirated content was hosted on leased servers in Virginia, and that was enough for U.S. prosecutors to act.”
“The Electronic Frontier Foundation, which defends free speech and digital rights online, said in a statement that the arrests set ‘a terrifying precedent. If the United States can seize a Dutch citizen in New Zealand over a copyright claim, what is next?'”
NZ police raid file-sharing site founder’s mansion, by Matthew Barakat and Nick Perry, AP, January 20, 2012
The take away from this for me is if you’re in the file transfer business, keep your servers off US territories. Wow, this could be some kind of economic boom for the Third World.
And the hackers go wild. Although, hacker dears, perhaps you should steer clear of the Dept of Justice and other US government websites. The DOJ is working for Hollywood and Mickey Mouse these days, so it’s their masters you should punish. That being the case, feel free to kick the entertainment industry’s cyber ass as much as you want. I can’t think of a group more worthy of an extended ass kicking.