Sometime before the transition in the to new year Swizz Beatz acquired site Megaupload (and its subsidary site Megavideo). I thought it was pretty cool, I saw it pop up on the New York Post site then followed by a confirmation on Complex.com that Kasseem Dean (Swizz’s real name) is actually listed as CEO on the site.
That’s pretty much where all the problems started. The revelation came to fruition when Beatz’ work with the upload site got fellow artists Kanye West, Chris Brown, Will.i.am and Diddy in trouble for appearing in a Megavideo promotional video at his request. Universal Music Group, who handle all four rappers issued a take down notice to YouTube, claiming that the appearances had not been authorized.
Megaupload went onto reply:
“We have never received any word that any artist has [individually] filed a take-down”
So that’s when things got ugly. FBI came in and shut the whole fucking site down.
Megaupload/Megavideo just fucking disappeared overnight (go check if you don’t believe me). The indictment presented by the Virginia Federal prosecutors accuses the company of costing intellectual property and copyright holders over $500 million in lost revenue (Who the fuck knows how they calculated that number). Either way the biggest issue here is that they shut the whole thing down with not even so much as a warning, or a need for a trial; WITHOUT SOPA. Seven Megaupload employees were placed under arrest, with four already locked down — four of them in New Zealand including MegaUpload’s founder, Kim “Dotcom”.
So now everyone looks to Swizz to see what he would do. Would he get angry and start making calls to all his lawyers? Well no… Instead he just stopped giving a fuck altogether and started taking instagram pictures of his cars:
“One hand in the air if you don’t really care,
it’s like that sometimes the shit’s ridiculous” – So Appalled