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MegaUpload Takedown

  1. MegaUpload Judge Steps Down After Accusations of Bias

    Kim Dotcom is facing a potential setback in his legal battle, now that Judge David Harvey has taken himself off the contentious case. After commenting that "we have met the enemy and he is US" at a conference, Harvey faced criticism of bias, despite the fact the comment -- in its original context -- had no explicit relation to the ongoing case. Now, a recent announcement suggests Harvey was in fact biased, and aware of the fact, which is why he has now removed himself from the case.

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  2. High Court Rules MegaUpload Search Warrants Illegal

    The whole MegaUpload case is far from over, but there's just been a big turn in MegaUpload founder Kim Dotcom's favor. A New Zealand High Court has found that the warrants executed to search Kim Dotcom's house sprawling mansion were actually illegal and as a result, all data acquired in the raid is potentially inadmissible evidence. On top of that, the Court has also ruled that the data exported from New Zealand by the FBI (via copying) was also illegally obtained. Things just got a lot messier for all the prosecutors involved.

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  3. FBI Ordered to Copy 150 Terabytes Of Seized MegaUpload Data

    Ever since the big MegaUpload takedown early this year, there's been a question as to what would happen to all the data on the seized servers. In the past six months, much of the data has been in danger of deleltion, and subject to scrutiny by the MPAA, but nothing has really happened to it. Now, a New Zealand High Court has ordered the FBI to prepare to copy the 150 terabytes of data from the seized MegaUpload servers in preparation to provide a copy to Kim Dotcom, for his defense.

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  4. The MPAA will Allow Users to Get Files Off MegaUpload Servers Only If No Infringing Files Are Retrieved

    Ever since MegaUpload was taken down over piracy concerns, the data on the MegaUpload servers has been inaccessible. In the intervening times, there have been several scares about whether or not the data would just be deleted; so far total deletion has been narrowly avoided. The MPAA, who wants to keep the data around for lawsuit purposes, has come out and said it would be okay with giving users access, just so long as it can be guaranteed that literally no infringing files are recovered. It's a condition that's as impossible as it is frivlous.

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  5. FileSonic Halts File-Sharing, Likely in Response to MegaUpload Takedown

    While the recent federal takedown of file-sharing giant MegaUpload was a little bit of a shock, the fact that other file-sharing sites are scaling back as a result is decidedly less so. FileSonic, one of the top ten file-sharing sites on the net with around a quarter billion pageviews per month, just took its file-sharing functionality offline; you can still upload and download, but only your own files. Basically, FileSonic just voluntarily turned itself into Dropbox.

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  6. Universal, RIAA, FBI, MPAA and Department of Justice Sites Go Down, Anonymous Claims Responsibility

    After a noteworthy lack of action on during the SOPA blackouts on January 18th, it seems that Anonymous is springing back into action in response to the federal takedown of MegaUpload and the subsequent arrest and likely extradition of Kim Dotcom. Just hours after the news that the U.S. federal government took down MegaUpload alongside an indictment on piracy charges, and have gone down, and a prominent Anonymous affiliated Twitter account is claiming responsibility.

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  7. The Federal Government Takes Down MegaUpload, Kim Dotcom Arrested In New Zealand [UPDATED] is down, and reports from the Associated Press say that is because the federal government took it down. The federal government has taken down MegaUpload. Yeah. Of course, this takedown comes hand-in-hand with an indictment and charges of piracy. Charges of piracy on the order of $500 million in cost to copyright holders. Intentional or not, the proximity to the SOPA blackouts is probably worth noting.

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