Swizz Beatz is a music producer, artist and a multifaceted mogul-in-the-making but is he also a pirate? According to Universal Music Group, indirectly, he is. Swizz Beatz, born Kasseem Dean is the CEO and a principal investor in Megaupload, the second highest trafficked file-sharing site on the Web. As we’ve seen with their support of the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA) bills the recorded music and film industries aren’t too keen on sites that make it easier for users to share or pirate copyrighted material.
Things have gotten especially sticky for Swizz Beatz since he enlisted celebrity friends like Kanye West, The Game, will.i.am and Sean “Diddy” Combs to sing the praises of Megaupload in a series of promotional Web videos. The problem with the aforementioned artists and others who’ve spoken on behalf of Megaupload like Mary. J Blige is that the parent company of their respective record labels is Universal Music Group (UMG), one of the main corporate interests lobbying to get sites like Megaupload more strictly regulated or even shutdown under the proposed anti-piracy bills.