Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, Will.I.Am Star in New Megaupload Promotional Music Video

If you feel a tinge of guilt every time you illegally download one of your favorite artist’s songs from a torrent site, you can now breathe a little easier. As it turns out, some of today’s biggest stars are big fans of file sharing technology themselves.

The video has been pulled from YouTube, making it seem as if UMG has won the most recent round in the back-and-forth war over this video. Photo: MegaUpload

MegaUpload is currently being portrayed by the MPAA and RIAA as one of the world’s leading rogue sites.

So-called foreign “rogue sites” steal American content, steal American money, cost American jobs and damage the economy, the lobbyists insist.

While many BitTorrent sites of all shapes, sizes and directions are listed as “rogue” by both the RIAA and MPAA, these groups also define many cyberlocker services using the same terms.

Heading up that particular list are the world-famous Megaupload and Megavideo, two companies founded by the larger-than-life character Kim Dotcom.

Major artists such as Kanye West, Diddy, Alicia Keys, Snoop Dogg and even Kim Kardashian have joined their voices together for a song in support of Megaupload, the file sharing service that moves content in massive blocks across the web.

In a 4 minute track produced by Printz Board, P Diddy, Will.i.am, Alicia Keys, Kanye West, Snoop Dogg, Chris Brown, The Game, Mary J Blige , Kim Kardashian, Floyd Mayweather, Jamie Foxx and more sing about how wonderful Megaupload is.

“When I got to send files across the globe, I use Megaupload,” declares Will.i.am, an artist signed to labels owned by RIAA-members Warner and Universal.

“When i’m sending my hits out I use Megaupload, ‘cos it’s fast. I can receive hits and I can send ‘em out,” declares P Diddy, an artist signed to Interscope, a label owned by Universal.

Kanye West, signed to Universal-owned Def Jam, likes to use Megaupload “…because it’s the fastest and safest way to send files – period.”

Alicia Keys, who is signed to Sony-owned RCA, says she uses Megaupload “….because I know that I can get my music safely and quickly -and you know that i’m serious about my music.”

Snoop Dogg, signed to EMI-owned Priority, uses it “…because it keeps the kids off the street,” and The Game (Universal) says that even his lawyers know he uses it, “…and I got plenty of them.”

What’s particularly interesting about the song is that those singing on the track are doing so despite the fact that the major label record industry reviles Megaupload for the ease with which its music can be pirated by those using the web service.

“Amongst our 180 million users is a large number of celebrities, musicians, film makers, actors, etc. and they love Mega. We have hundreds of premium accounts from employees of the companies the RIAA and MPAA represent. In fact 87% of the fortune 500 companies have premium accounts with us,” Kim Kardashian said.

“Mega might become one of the biggest customers of the content industry and all this ‘rogue’ nonsense will be forgotten,” Kim explained. “We want content creators to get paid!”

“It works like an ad blocker but instead of blocking ads we show ads coming from Megaclick, our ad network,” she said. “This way we will generate enough ad revenue to provide free premium services and licensed content so that our users can have it for free.”

YouTube took the video down Saturday afternoon due to a copyright claim from UMG.

The video was restored after Megaupload filed a dispute, only to be pulled yet again — even though Dotcom claims there’s no infringing content in the clip. “Those UMG criminals,” he told TorrentFreak. “They are sending illegitimate takedown notices for content they don’t own.”

Megaupload hasn’t indicated that it is interested in pursuing legal options, saying only that “We reserve our rights to take legal action. But we’d like to give them the opportunity to apologize.” [via Huffington Post, Torrent Freak and The Verge]

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