Kim Dotcom’s latest website, Mega, promised to be a replacement of Megaupload, the file-sharing and mostly-pirated video host site the government took down a year ago. But Mega is a cloud-storage service: Users have access to their files, but no one else, not even the site’s administrators, know what’s in them because they’re encrypted before they reach Mega’s servers.
The site has vowed to protect copyrighted materials and comply with government requests for user data or file removal.
But some entrepreneurial types had an idea to bring back the freewheeling file-sharing of Megaupload: If users wanted to let others know what was in their files — say the latest episode of CSI — they could post links to their files for others to find in a crowd-sourced search engine. The search engine appeared over the weekend, and was reported yesterday. It has garnered some 8,000 links.
Thousands of the links supplied to the search engine have since ceased to work, as Mega removed the files, claiming to have received takedown requests from copyright holders.
But how could the copyright holders be finding the files so fast?
Within minutes, they had received takedown notices, indicating that Mega had automated the process.
TorrentFreak raises the question of whether “Mega itself has put indexes such as Mega-search.me on a blacklist to prevent copyrighted material from spreading, perhaps in an effort to prevent potential bad press that comes with it.”
A notice on Mega-search.me confirms that Mega is automatically removing all files listed in its search engine.
“Due to a script developed by Mega to delete all files indexed Mega-search, the engine is temporarily unavailable. A solution to overcome this problem will be made shortly,” the website says.