Megaupload Megavideo Down January 19 2011 | FBI takes down Megaupload.com

megaupload downNotorious file locker Megaupload has been taken down today as of 2:15PM, the day after SOPA was shelved. Seven individuals and two corporations- Megaupload Limited and Vestor Limited – have been charged by the FBI for piracy related crimes in the United States and New Zealand and forced to shut down Megaupload.com. This marks the largest criminal copyright cases ever in the history of the United States as the site generated $175 million in criminal proceeds and allegedly caused more than $500 million in damages to copyright holders.

In response to the closure, Anonymous has launched a distributed denial service attack on several web properties owned by those complicit in the Megaupload bust. You can check out our list of alternatives to Megaupload to help you find a new file sharing resource.

Mega-Sites Gone for Good

Along with Megaupload, Megavideo.com, the company’s sister streaming flash video site has also been taken offline. It looks like the all of the sites in the Mega ‘network’ have been taken down as a result of the Federal investigation. This has come as a bit of a surprise to many:

  • On the surface, the site seemed to have complied with DMCA regulations, and removed material when asked.
  • The site did not directly promote piracy.
  • The listed employees are nearly all non US citizens, so this required international cooperation.

The swift and relatively unannounced takedown has created a huge stir in the internet-technology sector and, more acutely, in the thriving tech startup industry. It sets an ambiguous precedent that services used to share files, where the possibility of abuse (ie sharing copyrighted material unbeknownst to the company’s administration) may be grounds for indictment. For instance Dropbox, the personal file sharing service, may have to become increase intervention and filtering to duck a similar raid in the future. The scare of this materializing was what lead to the internet wide protest against the SOPA bill yesterday.

Still it’s almost impossible to deny that Megavideo and Megaupload were rife with pirated material and that they at best took their time in complying the DMCA takedown requests. From the department of justice press release:

As alleged in the indictment, the conspirators failed to terminate accounts of users with known copyright infringement, selectively complied with their obligations to remove copyrighted materials from their servers and deliberately misrepresented to copyright holders that they had removed infringing content. For example, when notified by a rights holder that a file contained infringing content, the indictment alleges that the conspirators would disable only a single link to the file, deliberately and deceptively leaving the infringing content in place to make it seamlessly available to millions of users to access through any one of the many duplicate links available for that file.

This was often the case anecdotally, as Alex Muir put it:

Megaupload never complied with DMCA requests – I made several as part of some research and never received any response. The site charged for access to, and provided advertising around, pirated content. The site paid people (users/staff – it’s a fine line) to provide popular content.
It went to extraordinary lengths to hide the identity of its operators.

The entire 72 page long edictment is available from here.

Bring on the Fakes

There are rumours flying around twitter about new iterations of Megaupload and Megavideo. Alas, these are so far all fakes. The most popular New Megaupload is http://megavideo.bz/. The site allegedly hosts a a recent backup of the downed Megaupload but with a non functioning sketchy layout, consistant server outages. The UUID UA-6383685-1 points to number of other megaupload ripoff sites that exist only to display advertising when someone miss types the url. Here is a screenshot of the site:

the new megaupload

  • Guest

    We are in the shit now…

  • PETERBOUVIA

    FOR FUCK SAKES

  • Andrew

    SOPA and PIPA haven’t even passed yet, WTF?!? Thank god Anonymous is doing something about this

    • IDIOTS.

      Who the fuck is Anonymous anyway? It’s probably the Govermnent… “hacking” its own websites to pass bulshit laws…

      • Aga2525

        bullshit man.All the gov sites were hacked yesterday.You cant go on the fbi site etc etc. what would be the point, if it was the gov?

  • Louise Gabinus

    I feel totaly lost…

  • Henry van Wyk

    This is big time bad news!

  • Candiceherrera30

    whats going to happen to the customers

  • Henry van Wyk

    This is really bad news.  Hopefully some other popular filehosters wont follow the same route

  • Parasolx

    down one, two comes up…

  • Jared_3432

    it was great while it lasted smh… fuck!

  • Jared_3432

    it was great while it lasted smh… fuck!

  • Jared_3432

    it was great while it lasted smh… fuck!

  • Jared_3432

    it was great while it lasted smh… fuck!

  • Lvcien

    Whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty? It should be illegal to take down sites until a court has ruled it was guilty.

  • kicks

    Yeah Enslave 25 fucking generations in fucking debt to bail out the fucking banks, But don’t let the fucking slaves see a fuckin couple of free movies.
    YOU CUNTS FBI ETC.

  • Anhthy_titi

    Do we get the money back for the account we purchased from Megaupload?

    • Aga2525

      obviously no

  • Schattenlicht

    RIP Internet Freedome

  • Johnny Angel

    Look how fast they closed MegaUpload… when it comes to Guantánamo this same bunch of assholes seem to have all the time in the world…

  • Wuffgrowl32

    fuck the government

  • Wuffgrowl32

    the government doesn’t know what they are doing so they have to act like they are in charge by doing the wrong thing as usual
    people unite and free the internet!

  • Ludikrous

    Stop crying that you can’t get for free anymore, you fu@#ing freeloaders!! You can always go buy your movies, music, books, and software. Or just look elsewhere as you should … BUT please, stop the crying, you’re embarrassing yourselves. Have some self respect!! 🙂

  • Ludikrous

    Stop crying that you can’t get s#!T for free anymore, you fu@#ing
    freeloaders!! You can always go buy your movies, music, books, and
    software. Or just look elsewhere as you should … BUT please, stop the
    crying, you’re embarrassing yourselves. Have some self respect!! 🙂

    •  MegaUpload is also a place to host legitimate files like videogame maps and homemade games. This takedown affects much more than your ‘freeloaders’.

    • you ludikrous moron, everyone spends their entire lives over paying for shit that shouldn’t cost a dime, if we can get access to free things, its not embarrassing to cry about it if we loose that privilege.  My guess is, you don’t mind being 1 of those billions of people that support the fortunate making sure they stay that way, while the unfortunate have to struggle just to survive.  So who cares if thousands are getting free movies and music downloads, they should have same rites as anyone else, but just a little smarter.  While you sit there blowing your bank account on media icons, making them better than you, the smallest guy is taking that time to enjoy his hard earned money on things like…uh, LIFE.  While still enjoying the same shit you media supporters do.  So yeah, loosing a site like megaupload is a sad thing cause soon more will follow.

  • Mel

    no point in having the internet now..

  • Leland

    what do we do now?

  • Kjshrkj

    FUCK THE US GOV.

  • Words of wisdom, there will always be a way around unfortunate events such as this.  Media sharing has been around for decades, when the first recordable cassette and VHS tape came out, we would borrow a friends original tape or movie and make a copy for ourselves.  Until the CD came out, and they put a copy-rite code on VHS tapes, we still dubbed cds though, onto cassettes.  Then, the dawn of the cd/dvd burners, same thing everyone was still sharing media, no matter what copy rite block was encoded on them, as much as there are people who rite those codes, there those who will break them.  Now we have digital media sharing, the entire world is that friend we used to borrow from, there is no law against sharing, if I payed for something, I don’t mind lending it, making money out of it is different, which is why we have free access.  Now, they’re gonna try to take that from us as well, but we know very well what will happen next… unless we are stripped from being creative and curious, there will always be away of sharing, without trying to make a profit of course, cause that’s where it becomes a crime.  This is how we evolve and adapt, someone is always going to try and make things difficult, but never impossible, we learn and advance ourselves, we are human and that’s our copy rite. 

  • Words of wisdom, there will always be a way around unfortunate events
    such as this.  Media sharing has been around for decades, when the first
    recordable cassette and VHS tape came out, we would borrow a friends
    original tape or movie and make a copy for ourselves.  Until the CD came
    out, and they put a copy-rite code on VHS tapes, we still dubbed cds
    though, onto cassettes.  Then, the dawn of the cd/dvd burners, same
    thing everyone was still sharing media, no matter what copy rite block
    was encoded on them, as much as there are people who rite those codes,
    there those who will break them.  Now we have digital media sharing, the
    entire world is that friend we used to borrow from, there is no law
    against sharing, if I payed for something, I don’t mind lending it,
    making money out of it is different, which is why we have free access. 
    Now, they’re gonna try to take that from us as well, but we know very
    well what will happen next… unless we are stripped from being creative
    and curious, there will always be away of sharing, without trying to
    make a profit of course, cause that’s where it becomes a crime.  This is
    how we evolve and adapt, someone is always going to try and make things
    difficult, but never impossible, we learn and advance ourselves, we are
    human and that’s our copy rite.

  • Goldfishloverbaku

    oh god this is how ww3 is going to start i can see it now.

  • james

    Writing a civil lawsuit up now on behalf of everyone with access to the internet.