I just finished reading the 72 page indictment of the 'Mega Conspiracy', as the feds call it, and have 3 thoughts:
2. The Dutch guy is an idiot for sending so much confidential information on email. What was he using? GMail?
The entire document is filled with examples of how the company owners, employees, but also their viral business model of referrals and advertising resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue. People ultimately were paying for content, either with cash or time they invested in building a referral network to continue their access to this content.
This is powerful evidence that all content can benefit from new models, that aren't built on locked-in, locked-up, fenced-in gatekeeper denial of service.
1. PayPal and several hosting companies were also well aware of what MU was doing, yet they are not indicted (as far as I know).