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Published:January 22nd, 2013 18:20 EST

The Reincarnation of Megaupload - Mega

By John Pustelnik

Megaupload was closed down on the 19th of January 2012, and has been reincarnated as "Mega" on the 19th of January 2013.


Despite the site being based in China, and being available to people worldwide, Megaupload was closed down by the United States government.

Megaupload was a file hosting website home to a lot of media produced in the USA, as well as many other countries. All of this media, which ranged from movies & TV shows to video games, could be downloaded illegally for free.

In recent years, "file hosting" is a more subtle term used for "file sharing."

Megaupload was not the only file hosting site, and there are plenty that still exist today. Some examples include 4shared, Rapidshare, and Filefactory.

Mega, which is currently in beta, is branded as a cloud-based storage site with 50GB of free storage.

When first entering the site, in big red text reads: "THE PRIVACY COMPANY."

This is in reference to the fact that the data stored on the site cannot be detected by the site itself, or any other 3rd parties. In other words, the site cannot detect if a user uploads a file that is copyrighted.

"If someone sends something illegal in an envelope through your postal service, you don`t shut down the post office," said Kim Dotcom, the founder of both Megaupload and Mega.