The Megaupload song controversy is one of the bigger disputes involving Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) recently.
The back story is this. Megaupload uploaded a song on YouTube featuring famous people - including Kim Kardashian, P Diddy, Will.i.am, Alicia Keys, Chris Brown, Kanye West and Floyd Mayweather - who praised its services.
The song, commissioned by Megaupload and produced by Printz Board, mostly consisted of the spoken praise of the celebrities, instrumental background music and a unique Megaupload chorus.
Soon after, Universal Music Group (UMG) filed a DMCA takedown notice with YouTube, which subsequently removed the song.
Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom said UMG had no legitimate copyright claim to take down their video.
Mega owns everything in this video. And we have signed agreements with every featured artist for this campaign, Dotcom told TorrentFreak.
UMG did not immediately respond to IBTimes' request for comments but promised to call later with a statement.
Megaupload, meanwhile, plans to sue UMG for wrongfully taking down its content from YouTube, according to TorrentFreak.
As of Monday 1:00 p.m. ET, the original posting remains unavailable for viewing.
The song itself, of course, is still widely distributed and viewed on the Internet; it's on Megaupload's Web site and running on new uploads on YouTube. UMG's attempt at silencing this song, therefore, has failed.
However, the original posting's takedown sparked a discussion regarding this case and issue in general.
This appears to be yet another example of the kind of takedown abuse we've seen under existing law - and another reason why Congress should soundly reject the broad new powers contemplated in the Internet Blacklist Bills, aka SOPA/PIPA. If IP rightholders can't be trusted to use the tools already at their disposal - and they can't - we shouldn't be giving them new ways to stifle online speech and creativity, Corynne McSherry, Intellectual Property Director at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), told TorrentFreak.
Undeniable proof that the music industry can't be trusted with a censorship button, tweeted a netizen who linked to this TorrentFreak article. Censorship button is likely a reference to DMCA and/or SOPA.
Are record labels now just issuing takedown requests for *any* content they don't like? Looks that way, tweeted another netizen.
Critics of DMCA claim it could be frivolously used by entities like cults and corporations to baselessly censor content, especially against small operators (e.g. individuals).
Now, they claim SOPA could be abused the same way, except it would censor entire Web sites.
SOPA is nothing short of a bill to create a censorship regime in the U.S., wrote EFF.