After a protracted battle with record labels, file sharing site Megaupload — regarded by some as a haven for piracy — has been taken down by the US Department of Justice with a number of high-profile arrests of Megaupload employees. We're tracking the full saga right here.
Megaupload prosecutor wraps up arguments to extradite Kim Dotcom
Next, the defense begins
After nearly four years, is it time to just settle the Megaupload case?
Kim Dotcom's extradition hearing gets underway, but there's no end in sight
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Kim Dotcom's extradition hearing won't happen until March 2013 due to evidence legality dispute
The extradition hearing for Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom has been delayed until March 2013.
FBI wants to turn over 40 pages from 22 million Megaupload emails in extradition hearing
The US FBI has disclosed a 40-page summary out of 22 million emails on the seized Megupload servers in preparation for an extradition hearing for Kim Dotcom.
Kim Dotcom search warrants ruled illegal by New Zealand court
A New Zealand court has ruled that the search warrants used to raid Kim Dotcom's property were illegal because they weren't adequately specific about the offences in question.
Steve Wozniak speaks out in favor of net neutrality, supports Megaupload
Steve Wozniak says that the US handling of the Megaupload case is a threat to internet innovation, calling the piracy case against the company "hokey."
Megaupload's Kim Dotcom teases new 'Megabox' project, reveals meeting with Wozniak
Megaupload's Kim Dotcom has announced that he is still making progress on alternative music label Megabox and has revealed that Steve Wozniak visited him while he was under house arrest.
Megaupload: while FBI defends seizure overseas, MPAA is 'sympathetic' to users who uploaded legal files
The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has asked an Eastern Virginia District Court to ensure that no illegally downloaded copyrighted material on Megaupload's servers be released back to users. Meanwhile, the FBI claims that data is not a physical entity and is exempt from international law.
Decision on Megaupload's data put on hold as US judge requests more information from FBI
US district court judge Liam O'Grady today applied the breaks to discussion of what to do with the massive amount of data stored on Megaupload's servers. Before that question could be resolved, O'Grady said, the more pressing issue of why the FBI didn't formally server criminal papers to Megaupload (as opposed to Kim Dotcom himself) needed to be studied
Can EFF defend innocent third parties amid the Megaupload data fallout?
At a court hearing today, the Electronic Frontier Foundation is arguing to have data that was seized from innocent third parties during the Megaupload bust in January returned to its rightful owners. But will it be enough to convince the courts that digital files deserve the same rights as physical property?
EFF files brief on behalf of Megaupload user, requests 'the rightful return' of his video files
The Electronic Frontier Foundation has filed a brief on behalf of a Megaupload user, requesting that a US District Court Judge establish a means for users to retrieve their data.
Megaupload users face fake settlement requests, but MPAA says it's not keeping data to sue users
The MPAA has asked Megaupload's former web host to preserve user data for a lawsuit, but insists that it is not suing individual users. Meanwhile, some Megaupload account holders have received phony settlement requests asking for money to settle copyright infringement charges.
Kim Dotcom's first TV interview post-arrest: 'I'm no copyright infringer'
Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom has given his first TV interview since being arrested. He claims that the site is too large for him to police, and secondly that competitors like Mediafire and Fileserve do the exact same thing.
Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom released on bail in New Zealand, not allowed to use the internet
A little over a month has passed since Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom was jailed in New Zealand on charges filed by the US Department of Justice, but now he's surprisingly been freed on bail.
Additional charges filed against Megaupload and Kim Dotcom in piracy case
A new indictment with nine additional charges was filed on Thursday against Megaupload and its co-founder Kim Dotcom, adding wire fraud to the allegations, and providing additional details that may further incriminate the company.
Megaupload user data safe, for two more weeks
CNET reports that hosting firms Cogent Communications and Carpathia Hosting have agreed to hold onto the data for a minimum of two weeks, according to Megaupload's attorney, Ira Rothken.
FBI used Megaupload Skype conversations to build its case
The FBI reportedly used private Skype IM conversations that it intercepted as a basis for its case against Megaupload, but what isn't clear yet is how exactly the FBI acquired these conversations.
Extradition request for Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom to be filed on February 22nd
We're entering the long, drawn-out legal wrangling that typically accompanies a major case like the US's suit against Megaupload, with the first step being Kim Dotcom's extradition to the US.
RapidShare and Megaupload attorneys draw defensive comparisons to Dropbox, YouTube
Attorneys from RapidShare and Megaupload are using comparisons to big-name services like Dropbox and YouTube to defend their respective sites in two recent interviews.
Megaupload case begins: Kim Dotcom requests bail, police raid detailed
The beginning of the cases against Megaupload is upon us, with a bail hearing in New Zealand. In it, Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom's lawyer requested bail, arguing that he was not a flight risk and said he was innocent: "Mr Dotcom emphatically denies any criminal misconduct or wrongdoing, and denies the existence of a Mega Conspiracy."
In wake of Megaupload arrests, FileSonic shutters file-sharing service
In an apparent reaction to the U.S. Department of Justice's seizure of Megaupload's assets, FileSonic has disabled its own file-sharing functionality.
Megaupload dismisses Universal from takedown suit, continues case against others?
Megaupload has reportedly dropped Universal Music Group from the unlawful takedown lawsuit it filed last month. The case persists against others, however.
Justice Department calls Megaupload an 'international organized criminal enterprise,' founder Kim Dotcom arrested in New Zealand
The United States Justice Department filed charges against Megaupload just now, calling the file-sharing service an "international organized criminal enterprise allegedly responsible for massive worldwide online piracy."
Universal has a backdoor into YouTube's CMS, set it to automatically remove Megaupload music video (update)
UMG claims it has a backdoor into YouTube's content management system, and used that to repeatedly and automatically remove the Megaupload video.
Universal has 'Tech News Today' episode yanked from YouTube for reporting on MegaUpload promo video
Universal filed a copyright dispute and had episode 391 of Tech News Today pulled from YouTube by Monday night for playing clips of the "Mega Song" video by MegaUpload.
Megaupload song artists 'never consented to being portrayed in this video' — Universal
Universal Music Group has issued a rebuttal to a lawsuit filed against it by Megaupload. UMG suggests that Megaupload's claims of misrepresentation of copyright are false, and that the file sharing site did not have permission from the artists to use their image for promotional purposes.
Megaupload's promotional music video unfairly pulled by UMG, says founder
A promotional music video for file-sharing service Megaupload was recently pulled from YouTube in what the company is characterizing as an abuse of power by Universal Music Group.