Megaupload shutdown raises new Internet-sharing fears

Source: Cecilia Kang, The Washington Post

The Justice Department’s shutdown of the popular file-sharing site Mega­upload.com reverberated across the Internet on Friday, sparking fresh questions for major Web companies while rattling millions of users of sites like it. Although federal authorities said Megaupload.com was part of an international criminal ring, the practice of providing digital “lockers” so people can store and share their photos, movies, songs and the rest of their digital lives is very common. Sites such as Facebook, Dropbox, YouTube and YouSendIt can be used to swap both legitimate and pirated content.

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