Knowledge Identifier: &Megaupload



Online Hong Kong–based company established in 2005 that ran online services related to file storage and viewing.add

Category: Business (10)

Founded in 2008.

Countries: New Zealand (38%), United States (15%), U.S. (13%)

Main connections: Kim Dotcom, United States Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation

Linked to: United States Department of Justice, Limited company, Mercury Records, Electronic Frontier Foundation




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In fact, the U.S. Dept of Justice was able to rely on PRO-IP, a law passed back in 2008, in order to shut down Megaupload add something


From 2009 onward, users with Hong Kong IP addresses were banned from accessing the site add something


As of 23 May 2010, access to Megaupload was intermittently blocked by the internet authorities in Saudi Arabia by their regulator Communications and Information Technology Commission add something


Orange (telecommunications) - In 2011, following complaints by Internet users, Megaupload accused Orange of not providing sufficient connectivity to its site, thus severely limiting throughput from France, an allegation Orange denies


Orange S.A. - In 2011, following complaints by Internet users, Megaupload accused Orange of not providing sufficient connectivity to its site, thus severely limiting throughput from France, an allegation Orange denied


From 9 June 2011 onward, the Malaysian government through Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission ordered all ISPs in Malaysia to block Megaupload and Megavideo add something


In July 2011, access to Megaupload and Megavideo were blocked in India for Reliance Entertainment customers, after a court order was obtained, citing illegal copies of the 2011 film "Singham" on file hosting sites add something


Megaupload requested an apology from UMG, and filed a lawsuit against the company in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, on 12 December 2011 add something


A paperwork error by the New Zealand authorities meant that Kim Dotcom's property had been seized in January 2012 without giving proper notice add something


On 19 January 2012 the United States Department of Justice seized and shut down the file-hosting site and commenced criminal cases against its owners and others add something


On 19 January 2012, Anonymous released a statement on claiming responsibility for the mass attacks on websites including those of RIAA, MPAA, BMI, FBI, and others add something


On 19 January 2012, U.S. federal prosecutors in the state of Virginia shut Megaupload down and laid charges against its founder Kim Dotcom and others for allegedly breaching copyright infringement laws add something


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 add something


File sharing - On January 19, 2012, the United States Department of Justice shut down the popular domain of Megaupload


Anonymous (group) - On January 19, 2012, the US Department of Justice shut down the file-sharing site Megaupload on allegations of copyright piracy


On 20 January 2012, the Justice Department stated that "It is important to note that Mega clearly warned users to keep copies of any files they uploaded" adding that " expressly informed users through its Frequently Asked Questions and its Terms of Service that users have no proprietary interest in any of the files on Megaupload's servers, they assume the full risk of complete loss or unavailability of their data, and that Megaupload can terminate site operations without prior notice add something


New Zealand Police - On 20 January 2012, the police flew in by helicopter and arrested Kim Dotcom and three others in Coatesville, Auckland, in an armed raid on Dotcom's house following United States indictments against him for online piracy via his internet file sharing company, Megaupload


In response, on 30 January 2012, Carpathia Hosting denied having access to MegaUpload files and issued a press release stating add something


The reference to the 2 February 2012 date in the Department of Justice letter for the deletion of content is not based on any information provided by Carpathia to the U.S. Government add something


On 3 February 2012, an appeal to the High Court of New Zealand upheld the decision to deny bail add something


BTJunkie, a website indexing torrent files, shut down voluntarily on 6 February 2012 add something


The file hosting site blocked access to U.S. visitors, and QuickSilverScreen, a site offering streaming video links, closed on 7 February 2012 add something


On 22 February 2012, North Shore District Court Judge Nevin Dawson overturned the previous rulings and granted bail to Kim Dotcom, saying that the risk of flight had diminished after his assets had been seized add something


RapidShare - On February 24, 2012 Rapidshare announced that due to a surge in illegal traffic in response to the Megaupload seizure, it had limited all free accounts to a total of 30 kbit/s maximum download speed


On 5 March 2012, a formal request for the extradition to the United States of Kim Dotcom and three other senior Megaupload staff was filed in a New Zealand court add something


During April 2012, US district court judge Liam O'Grady stated "I frankly don't know that we are ever going to have a trial in this matter," as he found out that the company had never been formally served with criminal papers by the US. add something


The restraining order on his property was granted in April 2012 add something


On 26 April 2012, Megaupload data negotiations began add something


The defence has drawn on procedural errors by the prosecution to challenge the case and in a judgement at the end of May 2012, NZ Judge David Harvey granted the defendants the right to the disclosure of evidence held by the FBI in preparation for the extradition trial add something


On 28 June 2012, New Zealand High Court judge Justice Helen Winkelmann ruled that the search warrants used to raid the home of Kim Dotcom were invalid, saying "The warrants did not adequately describe the offences to which they related add something


On 10 July 2012, a decision on whether Kim Dotcom and other Megaupload employees should be extradited to the United States was delayed until March 2013, in order to allow further time for legal arguments to be heard add something


On 24 September 2012, New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key ordered an inquiry into whether staff at the Government Communications Security Bureau had unlawfully spied on Kim Dotcom and the other defendants in the case add something


On the 31st of May 2013 a New Zealand court ordered police to return any items not relevant to the case and to provide copies of relevant material to Dotcom and his associates add something


On 7 July 2014, it was reported that the proceedings to extradite Dotcom from New Zealand to the USA had been delayed until February 2015 add something


On 8 September 2014, the Court of Appeal ruled that the New Zealand Police is to return seized electronic devices unencrypted back to Dotcom and those involved add something


Kim Dotcom - On the 23rd December 2015, North Shore District Court Judge, Nevin Dawson, announced that Dotcom and the three other Megaupload co-founders were eligible for extradition


On 23 December 2015, New Zealand judge Nevin Dawson ruled that Kim Dotcom, as well as three of his colleagues, can be extradited to the United States to face copyright infringement charges add something


It was announced in June 2016 that it would be relaunched in January 2017 add something


In 2017, a New Zealand judge ruled that Dotcom should be extradited to the United States, but Dotcom remains at liberty in New Zealand pending the results of an appeal add something


Kim Dotcom - However, on February 20, 2017, a New Zealand court ruled that Kim, as well as co-accused Mathias Ortmann, Bram van der Kolk and Finn Batato, could be extradited to the US on charges related to Megaupload


On July 5, 2018 the New Zealand court of appeal found Dotcom and three of his former colleagues were eligible to be extradited to the U.S. authorities add something