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2012-07-10 11:21:25

Peter Suciu for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The founder of Megaupload continues to face maga-woes, but extradition isn´t going to be one of them — at least until next year. On Tuesday a New Zealand judge postponed next month´s hearing to allow more time to resolve legal arguments. This follows an earlier ruling on the rights of the accused and even the legality of the raid on the home of file-sharing site creator Kim Dotcom. The United States will likely...

Warrants Used In Megaupload Raid Deemed Illegal
2012-06-28 14:45:14

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online A New Zealand judge has ruled the search warrants used to raid the mansion of Megaupload´s Kim Dotcom were illegal. This ruling is quite a crushing blow to the FBI, who has set Mr. Dotcom up to be something of a poster child for the consequences of piracy. Mr. Dotcom, a native German, was arrested with 4 cohorts in January as a part of an FBI investigation of Megaupload.com.  Mr. Dotcom and crew had culled together a...

Fighting Back, Megaupload Moves To Have Charges Dropped
2012-05-31 10:49:31

Before it was shut down in January, Megaupload was one of the world´s most popular websites, a cloud storage service with millions of users storing data, either for free or by paying for premium service. However the storage site had its servers seized after being accused of copyright theft and internet piracy. Megaupload has moved to have the case thrown out in the United States and tens of millions of dollars of assets unfrozen, reports John Ribeiro of IDG News Service. The FBI...

Judge Orders Negotiations Over Megaupload Data To Continue
2012-04-14 06:18:17

Megaupload scored a victory in federal district court on Friday, as the Virginia-based judge in charge of the case ordered the company and the federal government back to the negotiating table to try and resolve a dispute over what should happen to the file-sharing website's servers and the user data they contain. In the meantime, Timothy B. Lee of Ars Technica reported that Judge Liam O'Grady has decreed the data will continue to be preserved. O'Grady's ruling comes despite complaints from...

Data Hosting Firm Tired Of Holding MegaUpload's Burden, 25 Petaflops Of Data
2012-03-23 13:34:23

Lee Rannals for RedOrbit.com The firm holding millions of gigabytes worth of data for MegaUpload is sitting in limbo, waiting for a court decision on what to do with the 25 petaflops of data. Carpathia was chosen by MegaUpload before it was shut down to handle its 25 petabytes of data, which cost the firm about $9,000 a day to maintain on its servers. The amount of data sitting on Carpathia's servers is enough for about 332 years of high definition television shows, or enough space...

Hotfile: The Next Stop On The MPAA Copyright Infringement Warpath
2012-03-09 13:02:49

Hot on the heels of MPAA's suit against Megaupload, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has set its sights on file hosting service Hotfile.com. A public redacted version of court documents filed in the U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida were released this week. Hotfile Corp. and Anton Titov, who operates Hotfile.com, were named as defendants. In the legal document, the MPAA describes the digital locker site as "a system that enables copyright infringement on a...

MegaUpload Founder Confident He Will Beat 'Political' Online Piracy Charges
2012-03-02 05:26:53

MegaUpload founder Kim Dotcom accused U.S. authorities on Thursday of pursuing "misleading and malicious" charges against him, and said he is confident he will prevail in what is shaping up to be one of the biggest copyright cases in history. Dotcom made the remarks during his first interviews since his January 20 arrest at his home in New Zealand. He was released on bail February 22 in New Zealand after winning a legal battle with prosecutors who wanted keep him behind bars.  The...

MegaUpload Founder Granted Bail
2012-02-22 09:15:39

The US Department of Justice failed in its attempt to keep MegaUpload founder Kim Dotcom in jail on Wednesday when a New Zealand court released him on bail and instead put him under house arrest, according to various media reports. The court ruled that Dotcom would not likely have the means to flee because his funds had been seized. US lawyers have yet to file extradition paperwork with the New Zealand court, but have until March 2 to do so, a spokesman for the US Attorney´s Office...

More Charges, More Details Revealed In Megaupload Case
2012-02-19 05:31:27

The U.S. Department of Justice revealed new information about Megaupload.com on Friday, one day after a revised indictment in a Virginia courtroom revealed that the file-sharing website and its founder, Kim Dotcom, would be facing additional charges for copyright infringement and wire fraud. According to Bloomberg reporter Karen Gullo, Dotcom was hit with three new copyright-related counts and five additional counts of wire fraud related to "allegedly running an illegal enterprise for five...

Popular BitTorrent Site Shuts Down
2012-02-07 05:28:07

In the wake of the forced shutdown of the popular BitTorrent website MegaUpload and the aggressive prosecution of its founders some two weeks ago, another site BTJunkie has closed its digital doors amid fears of similar reprisals from federal prosecutors. In a statement to users on its website, BTJunkie explained that the move was quasi-voluntary. “This is the end of the line my friends. The decision does not come easy, but we´ve decided to voluntarily shut down. We´ve...


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