The indictment shows that Kim Dotcom was deeply involved in every aspect of the site, designed the site to encourage infringement, helped specific users find pirated content and improve the piracy experience, paid uploaders who were also in it for money, and knew about lots of very specific infringement. Thus, even under YouTube’s extreme view of the DMCA protections, the DMCA would provide no defense. Criminal and civil proceedings each have a different set of processes and outcomes, and are certainly not mutually exclusive. There are many times—such as in the case of Megaupload—where it is entirely appropriate for both types of action to take place.
Viacom General Counsel Michael Fricklas, commenting on Megaupload’s dissimilarity to YouTube | "We’re just like YouTube," Megaupload lawyer tells Ars