Megaupload taken down

Discussion in 'User Submitted News' started by prowler, Jan 19, 2012.

Jan 19, 2012

Megaupload taken down by prowler at 8:06 PM (26,491 Views / 2 Likes) 257 replies

  1. prowler
    OP

    Member prowler Sony

    Joined:
    Jul 14, 2009
    Messages:
    9,473
    Location:
    Ragol
    Country:
    United Kingdom

    McLEAN, Va. — Federal prosecutors in Virginia have shut down one of the world’s largest file-sharing sites, Megaupload.com, and charged its founder and others with violating piracy laws.

    The indictment accuses the company of costing copyright holders more than $500 million in lost revenue from pirated films and other content. The indictment was unsealed Thursday, one day after websites shut down in protest of two congressional proposals intended to thwart the online piracy of copyrighted movies and TV programs.

    Megaupload.com has claimed it is diligent in responding to complaints about pirated material.

    The indictment says at one point, Megaupload was the 13th most popular website in the world.

    Source
     
    2 people like this.


  2. emigre

    Member emigre Has complex motives

    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2009
    Messages:
    7,918
    Location:
    London
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Ah fuck!
     
    28 people like this.
  3. Guild McCommunist

    Member Guild McCommunist (not on boat)

    Joined:
    May 6, 2009
    Messages:
    18,151
    Location:
    The Danger Zone
    Country:
    United States
    Damn, what a shame, it was probably my second favorite filehosting site outside of Mediafire. Since PSP torrents are hard to come across, Megaupload was my go-to site.
     
    19 people like this.
  4. heartgold

    Member heartgold GBAtemp Psycho!

    Joined:
    Sep 11, 2009
    Messages:
    4,276
    Location:
    London
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Damn it.
     
  5. Satangel

    Member Satangel BEAST

    Joined:
    Nov 27, 2006
    Messages:
    10,255
    Location:
    Bruges, Belgium
    Country:
    Belgium
    I actually downloaded something from them a few hours ago. Now it's not working anymore :(
    Those guys rocked.....
     
  6. LuckySteves

    Newcomer LuckySteves Member

    Joined:
    Jan 13, 2011
    Messages:
    45
    Country:
    Canada
    Well, there goes one of my favorite filesharing sites. It always had good download speed, and relatively small wait times, I'll miss it.
     
  7. Foxi4

    Reporter Foxi4 On the hunt...

    pip
    Joined:
    Sep 13, 2009
    Messages:
    22,705
    Location:
    Gaming Grotto
    Country:
    Poland
    They'll get out of that jam - they were in fact removing infringing materials to the best of their abilities (i.e when they were reported that such materials can be found under a given link) but they cannot actively scan their own servers for such content as whatever users upload is technically not their property and thus cannot be "checked" as it rises Invasion of Privacy issues. Piratebay computers were confiscated a number of times, they recieve tons upon tons of letters from various officials and yet they're still standing and doing perfectly fine.
     
    1 person likes this.
  8. 1NOOB

    Member 1NOOB GBAtemp Fan

    Joined:
    Sep 9, 2006
    Messages:
    375
    Location:
    Inside My Head...
    Country:
    Canada
    lol my friend just renewed his premium : (
     
    7 people like this.
  9. Skelletonike

    Member Skelletonike ♂ ♥ Gallant Pervert ♥ ♀

    Joined:
    Dec 26, 2008
    Messages:
    2,832
    Location:
    Steam City
    Country:
    Portugal
    So that's why megaupload wasn't working...
    But still, that's not their fault, it's like accusing someone of being guilty because they sold matches that were used to start a fire. =S

    Actually, from what I noticed, Megaupload was one of the sites more on the lookout regarding piracy seeing as they constantly deleted files, more so that other sites that I know.
    I don't find this fair seeing as megaupload is just a service like many others online, why not shut down all the other ones as well?
     
    4 people like this.
  10. Jakob95

    Suspended Jakob95 I am the Avatar

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2009
    Messages:
    4,344
    Location:
    New York City
    Country:
    United States
    Fuck!!! This is the only place I ever download all my games/videos/files from... And I had a premium account.
     
  11. Thesolcity

    Member Thesolcity Wherever the light shines, it casts a shadow.

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2010
    Messages:
    2,146
    Location:
    San Miguel
    Country:
    United States
    Dammit! I stored all of my Documents there (had pro).
     
  12. Foxi4

    Reporter Foxi4 On the hunt...

    pip
    Joined:
    Sep 13, 2009
    Messages:
    22,705
    Location:
    Gaming Grotto
    Country:
    Poland
    LOL @ people who buy premium accounts at downloading sites when you can use jDownloader and/or other software to achieve the same effect.

    EDIT: Okay, I did not expect that GBATemp had a user named "people" - accidental notification sent lol.
     
    12 people like this.
  13. LorenzoTheComic

    Newcomer LorenzoTheComic Advanced Member

    Joined:
    Mar 3, 2009
    Messages:
    66
    Location:
    Location
    Country:
    United States
    Now where am I going to host my files that are larger than 200MB?
     
  14. soulx

    Member soulx GBAtemp Legend

    Joined:
    Apr 4, 2009
    Messages:
    10,130
    Country:
    Canada
    Well that really sucks. ):
     
  15. Veho

    Global Moderator Veho The man who cried "Ni".

    Joined:
    Apr 4, 2006
    Messages:
    8,443
    Location:
    Zagreb
    Country:
    Croatia
    What about Megaporn? D::blank: I'm surprised it took them that long.

    So I guess the "we're not responsible for the content / we remove flagged content" thing doesn't work any more? There used to be a grey area for hosting sites as long as they were cooperative and diligent with requests for removing pirated stuff.
     
    1 person likes this.
  16. Schmendrick

    Newcomer Schmendrick Advanced Member

    Joined:
    Sep 12, 2009
    Messages:
    55
    Country:
    Netherlands
    I always saw MegaUpload as one of the more trustworthy and dependable file-sharing websites. Sad to see it go :(
    Still weird to see how people seriously think they actually lose so much money in profits from piracy..
     
    1 person likes this.
  17. Jakob95

    Suspended Jakob95 I am the Avatar

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2009
    Messages:
    4,344
    Location:
    New York City
    Country:
    United States
    Not really because with jDownloader you still have to wait those 45 seconds, and what not(captcha). Plus its more convient with the premium account. Oh and you can download files greater then 1GB.
     
  18. Livin in a box

    Member Livin in a box Livin' in a cardboard box

    Joined:
    Jul 18, 2008
    Messages:
    1,794
    Location:
    Purgatory
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    If you're going to shut down MegaUpload for violating piracy laws, then why have they left all of the others websites untouched, as well as the torrent websites (though I don't know if it's more difficult to charge them or not).

    There's that and the obvious fact that they actually removed pirated files from their servers quite regularly so it's hardly fair at all, they were providing a service of hosting files but they can't have someone analysing every single uploaded file can they to make sure it's not violating some law :/
     
  19. Thesolcity

    Member Thesolcity Wherever the light shines, it casts a shadow.

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2010
    Messages:
    2,146
    Location:
    San Miguel
    Country:
    United States
    Unless you don't want to reset the router every 5 downloads....
     
  20. prowler
    OP

    Member prowler Sony

    Joined:
    Jul 14, 2009
    Messages:
    9,473
    Location:
    Ragol
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    er, jDownloader doesn't have the same effect, it just tries to bypass the downloading limits set (resetting IP when maxed out) and opening more connections (if allowed).

    I never used premium - I actually got it free for some unknown reason (free download button was gone and premium button worked (wasn't even logged in too!)) and downloading via browser actually gave me more speed.
     
    1 person likes this.

Share This Page