The immensely popular file-sharing service agrees to close the site amid allegations of copyright infringement, along with pay Hollywood movie studios $110 million in damages.
Google and Microsoft are working on a Web standard for video copy protection, but the idea has notable opponents. Now the MPAA can lend its voice directly to the controversy.
Along with paying millions of dollars, the file-sharing locker is also ordered to introduce copyright filtering technology or cease all operations.
Hollywood studios argue that any process that allows MegaUpload users to access files they stored should not "compound" the "massive" copyright infringement they say has already occurred.
A federal appeals court's ruling means that search filters -- based on keywords supplied by the MPAA's member studios -- must remain in place if the site is to stay online.
Kim DotCom suggests Joe Biden met with studio chiefs a year ago to talk about MegaUpload. MPAA says there was one topic of discussion, and it wasn't MegaUpload.
This story incorrectly stated the legal background for Mike Ellis, an executive with the Motion Picture Association of America's division in Asia.
Google is lending a legal hand to hosting site Hotfile, upping the battle between tech and the movie industry.
The MegaUpload founder says his attorneys told him his service was legal. In seven years, he never got so much as a cease-and-desist letter from any major copyright owner.
The lawyers who won a $105 million settlement from LimeWire's creator are now trying to convince courts that Zediva's founder is liable for copyright infringement.