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  1. New Stats Suggest MegaUpload Actually Helped the Film Industry More Than it Hurt

    Regardless of whether or not you engage in online piracy, I think we can all agree that common sense dictates that the practice would be hurting copyright-holding media companies like record labels and film studios. Well, it seems that, in this case, common sense doesn't hold up under scrutiny. Research from the Munich School of Management and Copenhagen Business School has supposedly gathered statistical evidence indicating that dubious online streamer MegaUpload may have actually helped global box office sales for all but the biggest of blockbusters.

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  2. Hackers and Gabon Burst Dotcom’s Bubble, MegaUpload Successor Won’t Use Spiffy Domain As Planned

    Not to be confused with Gaben, which refers to Valve head Gabe Newell, Gabon is a sovereign state located in Africa which just so happens to control the .ga top-level domain. Because Kim Dotcom is clearly a clever wordsmith, it was announced that the upcoming successor to MegaUpload would be called "Mega" and -- you guessed it -- exist at the Me.ga address. It looks like that's not going to happen, though, as both the Gabon government and an anonymous group of hackers have pulled the plug on Me.ga before the service even had a chance to launch.

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  3. Dotcom Proposes Funding Fiber Cable From U.S. to New Zealand, Probably Just Legal Posturing

    Here's a question: How do you avoid being extradited to the United States by another government? There's no surefire method of avoiding extradition, but Kim Dotcom might have just scored some brownie points with the New Zealand government. That's assuming they believe his claims, of course. The MegaUpload founder's now proposed reviving the previously shuttered Pacific Fibre cable to connect New Zealand to the United States. You know, if he's not in jail.

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  4. MegaUpload Successor May Launch on the Anniversary of Kim Dotcom’s Arrest

    Despite the best efforts of copyright-holders everywhere, it looks like MegaUpload is poised to make a comeback of sorts. The pirate site's founder Kim Dotcom already announced that he's working on a cloud-based successor to the site. Ever the troll, Dotcom now says that he plans to launch his new streaming site, simply entitled "Mega"exactly one year after a SWAT team arrested him during an assault on his New Zealand estate.

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  5. Dotcom Blames Lag on Spying Earlier Than Admitted, Has Best Excuse Ever for Sucking at Multiplayer

    The MegaUpload case continues to seem more like a farce the longer it goes on. Kim Dotcom is now claiming that the New Zealand government was spying on him earlier than they've previously admitted. His evidence? There was a suspicious spike in lag in October -- two months before the Government Communications Security Bureau claims they started spying on him. He's come to the conclusion that this increase was due to the fact that his connection was being rerouted by the government.

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  6. Attorney General Refers to MegaUpload Case as Successful, Ignores Legal Blunders Along the Way

    If multiple steps involved in a legal case were ruled as illegal for various reasons, any sane person would be hard-pressed to call that a success. That is, unless that person was only concerned with the ends and not the means. Attorney General Eric Holder is apparently one of those people that aren't too concerned, especially when it comes to the MegaUpload case. In a speech about grants being provided to fight intellectual property crime, Holder referenced MegaUpload as a shining example of what those funds could do.

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  7. MegaUpload’s Resurrection is More Important Than it Might Seem

    The MegaUpload fiasco, which has been going on since the beginning of this year, might finally be coming to some sort of an end. The now notorious founder of MegaUpload, Kim Dotcom, announced over Twitter that MegaUpload is almost back from the dead, with its code around 90% completion, and servers on the way.

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  8. Court Releases $4.83 Million in Previously Frozen Funds to Dotcom

    It looks like the MegaUpload case could continue on into the foreseeable future after a New Zealand court ruled in Kim Dotcom's favor and released $4.83 million of his previously frozen funds. The majority of this rather large expense relates to legal fees in addition to rent and general upkeep on Dotcom's mansion. Given that $800,000 will be set aside for future legal expenses, Dotcom certainly seems to be in this for the long haul.

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  9. Court Rules Kim Dotcom Must be Allowed Access to Evidence Against Him

    In what is increasingly becoming a farce, a New Zealand judge has upheld a ruling that Kim Dotcom, Bram van der Kolk, Mathias Ortmann, and Finn Batato, must be allowed to see the evidence compiled against them in order to properly defend themselves. Essentially, the United States was arguing against letting Dotcom build a compelling defense. Without access to that information, it's hard to say exactly how the extradition hearing would go down. Not well for Dotcom, most likely.

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  10. MPAA, RIAA Would Like Some Help From the Government in Fighting Piracy, Please

    When copyright czar Victoria Espinel asked for input from the public about what to do about the future of copyright law and the increasing ease of piracy, she couldn't be surprised when the MPAA and RIAA weighed in with their opinions on the matter. Those opinions -- expressed in the form of a 28 page wishlist released last Friday -- are unsurprising. Oh, except for the parts that are completely out of touch with reality -- like the idea that uploading a video you don't have the rights to should be a felony, because it is just like murder. Right? Right. That notion was a non-starter when it was a part of SOPA, but that doesn't mean it's off the organizations' laundry list of turn-ons.

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