December 10, 2011 18:54:03 GMT
Uploaded on YouTube account of Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom, the music video for 'Mega Song' was taken down by label UMG which actually has no copyright.
A quirky, but star-studded, music video was released in support of popular file-hosting service Megaupload. Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, The Game, Alicia Keys, Chris Brown, Ciara and P. Diddy are only some of the famous faces that appear on the video which has been taken down on YouTube but is still available on other sites.
Megaupload has been under attack of Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) for facilitating online piracy. #Megaupload was trending on Saturday, December 10 afternoon when the music video "Mega Song" was uploaded, but not everybody was able to view it because UMG took it down.
"Those UMG criminals. They are sending illegitimate takedown notices for content they don't own," Megaupload creator Kim Dotcom told TorrentFreak. "Dirty tricks in an effort to stop our massively successful viral campaign."
"Mega owns everything in this video. And we have signed agreements with every featured artist for this campaign," he added. "UMG did something illegal and unfair by reporting Mega's content to be infringing. They had no right to do that. We reserve our rights to take legal action. But we'd like to give them the opportunity to apologize."
After the protest, the video was reinstated for a few seconds before taken down again. "It's ridiculous how UMG is abusing their intervention powers in YouTube's system to stop our legitimate campaign. They are willfully sabotaging this viral campaign. They own no rights to this content," Dotcom said.