Posts Tagged ‘megaupload’

Megaupload 2.0 Secures Financing

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

Apparently, there are still quite a few bugs to work out, but this is definitely an interesting effort to rehabilitate and re-purpose a former pirate file sharing site.

Megaupload, once the world’s largest file sharing site before it was taken down by the FBI, may make a comeback soon as the financing for Megaupload 2.0 has been secured recently. The funding campaign managed to reach the the minimum investment goal of €918.611 before it ended on October 24, 2016 with a total investment volume of €1.060.354.


Rapidshare Alternatives – File Hosting Site Shuts Down March 31, 2015

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

If you store files on Rapidshare, but haven’t visited the site for a while, you should probably read this …

The file hosting company Rapidshare AG just announced that it will shut down its services on March 31, 2015. The notice, published on the service’s front page on the Internet states that the company will stop its “active service” on the day and that accounts won’t be accessible from that day on. According to the information, accounts will be deleted and data won’t be available anymore.


So What is a Torrent Exactly?

Monday, August 6th, 2012

Here’s a nice, brief explanation of how torrents work and what you need to participate …

After having received numerous emails in the past that asked me to explain what a torrent is, I finally decided to write this little guide to help everyone who wants to know more about torrents, how they work and how you can use them. Many Ghacks reader without doubt know exactly how they can make use of torrents, and it is likely that this guide is not revealing any new information for them. I invite you to contribute to the article by leaving a comment below.

(more…) Down? Hosting Dispute Seems to be the Reason

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

More fun with overly zealous copyright protection, AKA, “Throwing the Baby Out with the Bathwater, Part 3,952.”

Times are rough for file hosting sites, with some being shut down by the authorities or in a lengthy legal dispute, while others are ceasing their business operations or changing the way they do business. We have seen all of this began at about the same time the Megaupload incident happened. Megaupload, one of the most popular file sharing sites back then was taken down back then on request of U.S, authorities. The gap was soon filled by other file sharing services, even though only a few saw such a rapid growth in popularity as


MPAA Targets 5 File Hosting Services, Backup Your Data Now

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

The MPAA seems to be overstepping its authority and acting like an arm of law enforcement here; this makes about as much sense as outlawing cars, because cars are often used in bank robberies …

The file hosting service Megaupload has been shut down about two months ago, and while a lot of things surrounding that case have still not be resolved, the MPAA are already looking at additional targets in the file hosting world.


Popular Bittorrent Website BTJunkie Closes its Doors

Monday, February 6th, 2012

Given the recent shutdown of Megaupload, it wouldn’t be surprising if more BT sites that offer copyright material start closing their doors … I just hope that the BT sites that focus on sharing non-copyright stuff don’t get caught up in the trend.

Users of the popular Bittorrent indexing website BTJunkie who try to access the site’s content in a web browser are not seeing the usual site layout, but a goodbye message instead. The message states that the site operators have decided to close down the service voluntarily after more than seven years of operation.


EFF Starts Operation Mega Retrieval

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

File this story under, “Throwing the Baby Out with the Bathwater” … the recording industry’s war against file sharing has apparently harmed many who were doing nothing illegal.

When the Megaupload servers were taken down, no one bothered to distinguish legitimate data from data that infringed on the copyright of others. Users who had been using Megaupload as a host for their own files were now in a position where they were denied access to those files, even though they were in many cases completely legal. It was even worse for some users who had no access to local backups of the data. With the take down of Megaupload, access to those files was no longer available.


Megaupload Shuts Down, Arrests have Been Made

Friday, January 20th, 2012

Due to its immense unpopularity with voters, SOPA is apparently dead in the water (for the time being) … but that still doesn’t stop the Feds from pulling tricks like this:

The popular file hosting site Megaupload has been shut down by US authorities on Thursday, and the site’s leaders have been charged with widespread online copyright infringement. According to an US Department of Justice press release, Megaupload generated more than “$175 million in criminal proceeds” and caused more than “half a billion dollars in harm to copyright owners”.


Megaupload Instant Download Helper for Google Chrome

Monday, January 31st, 2011

If you spend a lot of time downloading from file hosting sites, you might find this interesting …

Add-ons and extensions that promise to speed up the downloading of files that are hosted on file hosts such as Rapidshare or Megaupload come and go all the time. The main reason for this fluctuation is the cat and mouse game between file hosting providers and extension developers.