bill-swift - March 16, 2012
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Megaupload was one of the top filesharing sites during its prime, before it was eventually shut down by the U.S. government. Its founder, Kim Schmitz, who is also known as Kim Dotcom, has since been indicted with six other people who are connected with Megaupload. The entire crew was subsequently arrested last January 19.
A New York grand jury have charged the defendants with engaging in a racketeering conspiracy, conspiring to commit copyright infringement, conspiring to commit money laundering, and two substantive counts of criminal copyright infringement.
It's safe to say that a lot of people were pissed when Megaupload went down, and they probably still are. Aside from the copyright-infringing pirates, the filesharing site also has its share of "legal" users who simply used it for file back-up purposes.
Dotcom, who is currently out on bail in New Zealand, brings some good news to Megaupload's latter set of users, though.
"Megaupload's legal team is working hard to reunite our users with their data. We are negotiating with the Department of Justice to allow all Mega users to retrieve their data. I hope we will soon have permission to give them and the rest of our users access to their files."
-- Kim Dotcom
Dotcom also said that while working to make that happen, he stumbled upon an interesting discovery about some of Megaupload's users.
"Guess what—we found a large number of Mega accounts from U.S. government officials, including the Department of Justice and the U.S. Senate."
-- Kim Dotcom
Article by Hazel Chua
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