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Megaupload Limited , [ 1 ] best known for its closed websites including the top-15 file hosting service megaupload.com , [ 1 ] is an online Hong Kong–based company established in 2005 that ran online services related to file storage and viewing. The domain names were seized , and the sites associated with Megaupload were shut down by the United States Department of Justice on 19 January 2012, following the indictment and arrests of the owners for allegedly operating as an organization dedicated to copyright infringement . [ 3 ] HK$ 330 million (approximately US$42 million) worth of assets were frozen by the Customs and Excise Department of Hong Kong. [ 4 ] The company's founder, Kim Dotcom , has denied any wrongdoing, and the case against Dotcom, who is a resident of New Zealand , has been the subject of controversy over its legality. [ 5 ] The US judge handling the case has expressed doubts about whether the case will come to court. [ 6 ]
After his dreams of a Me.ga domain were shot down by Gabon’s government , Kim Dotcom’s soon-to-relaunch Mega service has finally found its place online after the German confirmed that the Mega holding site is now live at New Zealand-based domain Mega.co.nz . The site — which has been hosted on other domains over the past few weeks — offers an email sign-up to help users keep up with the latest news and launch of the service, while it also houses links and information for hosting partners, developers seeking APIs and financial investors. Dotcom had previously planned to grab the nicely fitting Me.ga domain but that plan was scuppered last week when the Gabon government — which claims .ga domains within its Web jurisdiction — suspended the domain because it didn’t want its country to be associated with “pirates”. Furthermore, it offered to sell the URL to Universal.
Whenever a new case starts, it can be expected that the critics will come out. When I began working in Russia in 2003, you wouldn’t believe the kind of dire warnings I received from well-meaning colleagues telling me to stay away. When it was announced that I would represent the Red Shirt movement in Thailand and former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, we received dozens of hysterical attacks and more than a few death threats from extremist elements among the Thai elite.
At the same time as Kim Dotcom's new storage service Mega was brashly launched 10 days ago, a third-party link-aggregating site called Mega-search.me was also created. Earlier this week, Mega-search.me got real use—and real attention —when the files shared there started disappearing from Mega.
Kim Dotcom, the Megaupload founder awaiting extradition to the United States over online piracy charges has offered voluntarily to leave New Zealand for America if prosecutors release his funds so he can pay his defence lawyers. In an extraordinary attack on the NZ authorities, the internet millionaire and convicted fraudster has also compared the police raid on his NZ mansion in January with the US Navy Seals’ assault on Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan last year and said it was only luck that saved him from the same fate as bin Laden. <p style="text-align:right;color:#A8A8A8"></p>
Les moteurs de recherche de Mega se sont multipliés dès l’ouverture de la nouvelle plateforme de Kim Dotcom.
In most reports following the MegaUpload shutdown , the site is exclusively portrayed as a piracy haven. However, hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions of people used the site to share research data, work documents, personal video collections. As of today, these people are still unsure whether they will ever get their personal belongings back. In a response, Pirate Parties worldwide have started to make a list of all the people affected by the raids, and they are planning to file an official complaint against the US authorities. “The widespread damage caused by the sudden closure of Megaupload is unjustified and completely disproportionate to the aim intended,” they announce. “For this reason Pirates of Catalonia, in collaboration with Pirate Parties International and other Pirate Parties, have begun investigating these potential breaches of law and will facilitate submission of complaints against the US authorities in as many countries as possible, to ensure a positive and just result.”
Kim Dotcom’s new cloud storage and file-sharing site Mega is unquestionably a huge hit, racking up registrations like crazy. After an hour the site had received over 100,000 sign-ups, and was up to half a million registered users in the first 14 hours.
by Ernesto In the wake of the MegaUpload shutdown Bloomberg interviewed Yochai Benkler, Prof. of Entrepreneurial Legal Studies at Harvard and faculty co-director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society. Benkler criticizes the actions of the Department of Justice, which he characterizes as “aggressive.” “What is a surprise is how aggressive the move is, how much it uses extensions of criminal law enforcement and copyright liability to go after and seize assets and people in anticipation of a full trial,” he says.
Former Megaupload users took to Twitter and other sites to complain that they'd lost legal material because of the crackdown. The U.S. government shut down file-sharing site Megaupload on Thursday Megaupload let users upload files with a single click The government says the site's owners knowingly allowed copyright infringement On Friday, pirated material was still easy to find on other sites Lea este artículo en español/Read this article in Spanish
Megaupload used a freemium model which made it affordable for individuals and small businesses to use and "try out" the Internet cloud technology and only pay if they desired faster bandwidth and more robust storage. Megaupload's free cloud storage services were innovative , robust , and generous . Megaupload had a copyright agnostic user rewards program limited to, amongst other things, small files under 100 MB - to help introduce users to the cloud storage service. The rewards program did not promote copyright infringement and the small file size limit was a strong deterrent against program misuse. The amounts paid out were small and when the program was discontinued many months before the US action, it had no material effect on site traffic or revenue. Allegations made by the US that Megaupload did not have significant capabilities to store private content long term are false.
[MAJ] Dites bonjour au nouveau Mega(upload) : il est arrivé et voici ce qu’il nous réserve Enfin ! Plus d’un an après que Megaupload ait été stoppé par les autorités américaines, et son annonce en octobre dernier, durant les derniers mois Kim Dotcom a été taquin concernant le lancement de son nouveau service. S’il ne semble pas être le Megaupload que l’on a connu, Mega – le nouveau nom donné au service et prochainement accessible à cette adresse mega.co.nz – est bien quelque chose de plus abouti que le précédent service. En effet, au lieu de ce limiter à une « banale copie » Dotcom publie Mega, un nouveau service qui pourrait bien secouer l’industrie du partage de fichiers .
Mais pourquoi diantre mettre en place des lois hautement liberticides au nom de la préservation du droit d’auteur ? Alors que l’on peut simplement arrêter et condamner les fraudeurs... heinh, pourquoi ? Avis d’ouragan sur le streaming. MegaUpload fermé. Son fondateur enjôlé.
As a world (in)famous technologist with the literal last name “Dotcom,” Kim Dotcom is a man whose swag is matched only by the damages sought against him by the U.S. government.
The FBI shuttered file-sharing web site MegaUpload this afternoon, arrested its executives, and have called the site an " international organized criminal enterprise ." Even though there's little doubt that MegaUpload was host to some copyrighted material, it was also a great way to upload and share large files, like photo archives and video, and send them to friends without worrying about hosting, Dropbox quotas, or overloaded inboxes. Now that it's gone however, here are some other great sites that let you share large files effortlessly. RapidShare With MegaUpload down, RapidShare is your next natural alternative for a site that allows you to upload large files and send your friends a link to download them. You'll need to sign up for an account to use RapidShare, but once you do, you can upload files as large as you like and keep them stored as long as you like.