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.
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.
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.
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.
This story incorrectly stated the legal background for Mike Ellis, an executive with the Motion Picture Association of America's division in Asia.
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.
MegaUpload's lead lawyer suggests Hollywood film studios aren't sincere about being okay with the return of MegaUpload's user data.
Hollywood's ex-chief technology policy officer has become the latest critic of controversial Web site blocking laws, arguing they're incompatible "with the health of the Internet."
The Motion Picture Association of America hasn't exactly given up on the Stop Online Piracy Act or similar legislation, despite January's widespread protests.