Mega Terminates Mega Founder's Account for (False) Piracy

By Chris Mills on at

Kim Dotcom is probably the most wanted man in the cinema's fight against piracy. He's under investigation by the FBI, and they're trying to extradite him from sunny, safe New Zealand to the States. But those pale in comparison to his latest problem: his account on Mega, the cloud storage site he founded last year, just got terminated. Oops.

According to Torrent Freak, the account takedown was triggered by a series of false copyright-infringement DCMA requests, sent in by a prankster. But apparently that was enough to take down Mr Dotcom's account, at least temporarily: if you follow a link to any of the files shared by his account, you get a fail page.

There are several important lessons we can take from this:

  • Mega's copyright abuse system is pretty easy to game
  • Not even Mega's founder has a free hand when it comes to pirating
  • Someone (I'm hoping the FBI) has an excellent sense of humour.

Well played, internet. [Torrent Freak]