Megaupload.com is shut down by the US justice department. Now..... before we all go yelling about how unfair this is of the government, look at the case.
Shutting this down seems like a completely justifiable action. This goes well beyond an ISP having hosting space that people used for infringement. The justice department says they also paid people to upload copyright files. That got Megaupload money laundering charges on top of everything else.
This isn't the "in private" prosecution that everyone is worried about. The owners all got warrants.
See.... we don't need SOPA and PIPA. We didn't need to weaken DMCA safe harbor provisions. I think it's actually pretty hard to do significant infringement and be exonerated by DMCA safe harbor. These guys couldn't stay clean enough to not to.
Being in foreign countries didn't help the criminals either. Various authorities from other governments arrested them and handed them over.
This seems to work pretty good the way it is.