But back to the topic at hand, I'm fairly certain SOPA will return in another guise with the same intentions -- to allow easier government control of the Internet.
Is that not just ACTA?
More or less, although ACTA has yet to be ratified. It has something like 31 signatories right now but all it needs now is just 6 of those countries to approve of the thing and put it into force.
Although MU has many legit customers and uses, the clearly didn't focus on growing these sectors and weeding out the piracy.
A telling situation for sure. Many other file sharing services now refuse connections from the U.S. because of the MU take down. They're probably doing the very same things (selling bulk accounts to pirates).
RapidShare is one notable exception -- they've overcome scrutiny from the anti-piracy forces by actually complying with the need to police the illegal use of their service in a pro-active manner.
In my opinion, there are better ways to deal with piracy than via draconian measures such as ACTA and SOPA/PIPA. Shutting down MU the way the did was tantamount to "throwing out the baby with the bathwater."
I don't believe any of the legitimate users of MU have been able to retrieve their data and they might not ever, last I heard.