Celebrity Consent Attained Says Megaupload in Suit Against Universal Music Group

Today, in a federal court filing, Kim Dotcom, founder of Megaupload, commented that all celebs who are a part of the controversial Megaupload music video did sign Appearance Consent and Release Agreements.

Dotcom also added that Will.i.am from Black Eyed Peas in a phone call assured him that in contrast to press reports the star did not authorise any submission of DMCA notices of takedown of the Mega Song on YouTube, reports Torrent Freak.

The Mega Song video made to promote the site, which often faces criticism for allowing illegal piracy, was released a week ago. After few days, it suddenly disappeared from YouTube along with a number of other video streaming services. The disappearance was due to the fact that Universal issued DMCA requests to take it down.

This action led to suit filed by Megaupload - the company has since filed additional papers with more details pertaining to the complaint.

Dotcom stated that, "On December 12, 2011, I spoke directly with will.i.am about this issue, and he personally advised me that he absolutely had not authorised the submission of any takedown notice on his behalf."