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Posted at 04:11 PM ET, 01/19/2012

Megaupload shutdown: SOPA supporters versus Alicia Keyes, P. Diddy?


Singer Alicia Keys and producer Swizz Beatz attend the Keep A Child Alive's 8th annual Black Ball on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011 in New York. (Peter Kramer - AP)
Megaupload, the file-sharing Web site shut down by federal law enforcement on Thursday, has some big celebrity names behind it.

Its chief executive, Kaseem “Swizz Beatz” Dean, is married to R&B and Hip Hop star Alicia Keys. He also counts powerful artists including P. Diddy and Will.i.am. as friends.

Check out his resume on Billboard.

That comes in handy when trying to promote your Web site, which the FBI said has been the 13th most visiting site on the Internet.

Check out this video endorsement by Jamie Smith, Kanye West and other celebrity friends of what federal law enforcement says breaks copyright laws. Its founder, Kim Dotcom, and several company executives were charged with violating piracy laws, the Associated Press reported.

An earlier version of this story inaccurately reported the day of the shutdown. It has been corrected.

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