File-sharing site, Megaupload launched an ad campaign this week that included many of hip-hop and r&b’s biggest stars, from Kanye West, Diddy, and Chris Brown to Ciara, Floyd Mayweather, and will.i.am.
Apparently, these stars were convinced by their superstar friend, and super-producer, Swizz Beatz, who also happerns to be CEO of Megaupload (WHO KNEW?!?!?), to participate.
This is not sitting well with Universal Music Group, who demanded that the video be taken down immediately, considering that Megaupload and file-sharing sites like it allegedly make the spreading of pirated content easy, even though the official reason they gave for being miffed is that their artists performed in the video without their permission.
Megaupload has filed its own lawsuit.
“We have never received any word that any artist has [individually] filed a take-down . . . [we have] legally binding agreements with the performers that appear in the video,” a Megaupload rep told the Post. “They promised that they had the rights to enter into that agreement and it’s not interfering with any third-party rights.” (HipHopWired)