Megaupload and The Pirate Bay have both been all over the news this week as the battle over file-sharing and online copyright continues to rage. Whether you view them as internet pirates stealing and illegally distributing others’ content , or file-sharing saviours offering a way around the extortionate charges from the entertainment industry, they certainly cause heated debate.
We’ve taken a look at the 10 site takedowns that have had the biggest impact on the online downloading issue, from those still battling it out in the courts, to those which have decided to go on the straight and narrow.
During the early 2000s, while Napster drew all the headlines, Audiogalaxy popped up and quietly went about letting web users access tons of music completely free with absolute ease.
The site was, to many, better than Napster as it was all web-based, pleasant to look at and featured articles on both classic albums and up-and-coming artists hosted on its site so it had more of a community feel, even allowing users to interact and debate in forums below artists' pages.
Alas, it could never last and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) soon took action against the site, once Napster was suitably chastised, demanding that the owners pay fees for the artists featured on the site.
Audiogalaxy tried in vain to appease the RIAA by blocking the sending of copyrighted songs and eventually signed an out-of-court settlement. It valiantly tried to continue by offering artists the chance to opt-in to making their music available on the site, but this never really took off and eventually it closed.
However, like a phoenix from the flames, the company recently returned, this time as a music streaming service that allows you to access the music stored on your computer from your smartphone.
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