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This CMU timeline covers the legal efforts to shut down and prosecute MegaUpload.
THE MEGA SONG DISPUTE
12.12.11 > MegaUpload accuses Universal of takedown abuse over all-star video
13.12.11 > MegaUpload sues Universal over YouTube takedown
14.12.11 > MegaUpload frames Universal dispute in context of SOPA
16.12.11 > More words exchanged in Mega Song dispute
20.12.11 > Universal has no special takedown privileges says YouTube
23.01.12 > MegaUpload drops Universal lawsuit as founder fights for bail
THE US AUTHORITIES ATTACK: THE SHUTOWN AND ITS IMMEDIATE IMPACT
20.01.12 > US authorities take MegaUpload offline, and arrest key execs
25.01.12 > Web shifts in the wake of the Mega arrests
27.01.12 > Who is benefiting from the Mega shutdown?
07.02.12 > BTjunkie takes itself offline
09.02.12 > Will the Mega swoop lead to more file-sharing site shut downs?
WHAT ABOUT THE LEGIT DATA STORED ON THE MEGA SERVERS?
30.01.12 > What will happen to the legit files on the Mega platform?
31.01.12 > Mega data given two week reprieve
01.02.12 > EFF leads charge to save Mega data
22.03.12 > Dotcom gets monthly allowance as future of Mega data in doubt
02.04.12 > EFF supports claim for access to Mega servers
03.04.12 > MPAA files court papers about Mega servers
04.04.12 > US Attorney doesn’t want to help “innocent” Mega users
10.04.12 > MegaUpload asks courts for access to seized funds
16.04.12 > Mega data hangs in the balance
28.05.12 > EFF calls on US court to act over MegaUpload data in limbo
07.06.12 > MPAA supports return of lost MegaUpload data – but…
12.06.12 > US prosecutors say former MegaUpload customers should just sue if they’ve lost data
14.06.12 > Former judge calls US prosecutor’s attitude to lost MegaUpload data "outrageous"
05.10.12 > New court hearing to consider fate of lost MegaUpload data
24.10.12 > MegaUpload user wants raid documents unsealed
20.06.13 > MegaUpload hosting company deletes files
28.06.13 > MegaUpload considering legal action against Dutch server firm after data wipe
05.07.13 > MegaUpload lawyers ask courts to restart lost data talks
21.10.13 > Nearly eleven million legit files blocked in Mega shutdown, says report
07.04.14 > Lost MegaUpload data sitting in a Virginia warehouse
MEGA EXECS GET BAIL
25.01.12 > MegaUpload founder Schmitz refused bail
26.01.12 > Two MegaUpload associates bailed
02.02.12 > Mega chief to make second bid for bail
03.02.12 > Mega chief refused bail for a second time
06.02.12 > Schmitz to try to reclaim some of his Mega fortune
09.02.12 > Mega man bailed
15.02.12 > Third Mega exec bailed
22.02.12 > MegaUpload chief bailed
27.02.12 > US to try to revoke Mega chief’s bail
29.02.12 > Prosecutors fail to have Mega chief’s bail revoked
30.04.12 > MegaUpload chief gets back some of his assets
THE AMERICAN CRIMINAL CASE AND EXTRADITION EFFORTS
20.02.12 > US prosecutors make more Mega allegations
23.02.12 > Mega extradition hearings not likely until August
02.03.12 > Schmitz hits out at US allegations
05.03.12 > US files extradition papers for Mega four
22.03.12 > Dotcom gets monthly allowance as future of Mega data in doubt
10.04.12 > MegaUpload asks courts for access to seized funds
11.04.12 > Footage of the Mega raid has disappeared
16.04.12 > Prosecution object to Mega’s choice of lawyer
23.04.12 > Could technicalities de-rail MegaUpload case?
08.05.12 > MegaUpload chief releases diss track against New Zealand MP
22.05.12 > Dotcom won’t reveal passwords in second MegaUpload data dispute
30.05.12 > MegaUpload prosecution told to share evidence with defence
01.06.12 > MegaUpload lawyers call on US courts to dismiss infringement case
06.06.12 > MegaUpload prosecutors say they need more time to share evidence
15.06.12 > US prosecutors hit back in MegaUpload case
19.06.12 > MegaUpload prosecutors given more time to share evidence
22.06.12 > MegaUpload lawyers push for quick decision on case dismissal
26.06.12 > Apple co-founder confirms support for Dotcom
02.07.12 > Efforts to have MegaUpload case dismissed will be considered in court
05.07.12 > Dotcom says American VP instigated MegaUpload shutdown
10.07.12 > MegaUpload chief’s extradition hearing postponed into 2013
11.07.12 > Dotcom says he’d voluntarily go to America in return for access to funds
17.07.12 > Prosecutors claim MegaUpload had enough US connections to face American charges
20.07.12 > MegaUpload round up – Judge resigns, Beatz mentioned, Dotcom writes
09.08.12 > Dotcom claims he was beaten by police during raid
17.08.12 > US must share MegaUpload evidence with Dotcom, court confirms
30.08.12 > MegaUpload founder given access to cash
20.09.12 > MegaUpload evidence debate back in New Zealand court
02.10.12 > New Zealand PM denies Hollywood trip linked to MegaUpload case
10.10.12 > US judge denies MegaUpload’s first case dismissal claim
19.11.12 > Dotcom says it’s not his job to “police what people are uploading”
22.11.12 > MegaUpload hearing could be delayed again
06.12.12 > Team Mega given access to records of New Zealand spy agency
18.02.13 > US Department Of Justice calls Mega claims “sensationalist rhetoric”
01.03.13 > New Zealand court says FBI doesn’t have to share all Mega evidence
07.03.13 > Dotcom can still sue New Zealand spy agency, though evidence to be shared limited
25.03.13 > Mega chief also plans to sue Hong Kong
22.04.13 > MegaUpload lawyers call for criminal case to be dismissed again, citing DOJ letter
09.05.13 > US Attorney General defends MegaUpload assault
13.05.13 > Human rights lawyer says German government should intervene in Dotcom case
17.05.13 > New Zealand supreme court to hear MegaUpload evidence case
11.06.13 > Dotcom extradition hearing postponed again
30.07.13 > Dotcom’s evidence dispute returns to New Zealand court
24.12.13 > US DoJ publishes some of its evidence against MegaUpload
19.03.14 > Kim Dotcom extradition hearing delayed again
20.03.14 > New Zealand courts say US authorities don’t need to disclose any more evidence
17.04.14 > New Zealand court rules to return assets to Dotcom
24.04.14 > MegaUpload files papers in Hong Kong to get assets back
09.06.14 > Dotcom seeks whistleblower, promises $5 million for killer evidence
07.07.14 > Kim Dotcom’s extradition hearing pushed back into 2015
31.07.14 > Kim Dotcom assets back in court
21.08.14 > Appeals court overturns ruling on unfreezing MegaUpload founder’s assets
28.08.14 > Kim Dotcom fights to keep finances a secret
DISPUTES OVER WARRANTS AND DATA
19.03.12 > Mega chief could regain assets after court order error
11.06.12 > MegaUpload says FBI broke law in copying Dotcom’s data
24.09.12 > New Zealand officials snooped on MegaUpload execs without authority
29.06.12 > New Zealand judge confirms MegaUpload raid and data share illegal
31.10.12 > New Zealand police investigating Security Bureau over MegaUpload snooping
03.06.13 > Dotcom to get his data back, by court order
08.01.13 > MegaUpload says raid warrants dishonestly secured
07.03.13 > Dotcom can still sue New Zealand spy agency, though evidence to be shared limited
30.07.13 > Dotcom’s evidence dispute returns to New Zealand court
02.09.02 > Dotcom hits out as police decide not to prosecute New Zealand agency
24.12.13 > US DoJ publishes some of its evidence against MegaUpload
21.02.14 > Raid on Dotcom’s Mega home legal, says New Zealand appeals court
01.05.14 > Prosecutor appeals decision to return Kim Dotcom’s assets
07.05.14 > New Zealand Supreme Court to hear Dotcom’s warrants appeal
13.06.14 > US court puts studio and labels’ MegaUpload lawsuits on hold, for now
03.07.14 > Dotcom passwords must not be shared with the Feds, says judge
CIVIL ACTION
28.03.12 > MegaUpload targeted with civil actions
14.05.12 > MegaUpload reps want civil cases postponed
27.07.12 > CMU Beef Of The Week #120 – Bruce Leddy v Kim Dotcom
26.11.12 > Dotcom says he could sue US government for $2.6 billion
07.03.13 > Dotcom can still sue New Zealand spy agency, though evidence to be shared limited
16.09.13 > Kim Dotcom sues New Zealand spies
08.04.14 > US movie studios sue MegaUpload
11.04.14 > Labels sue MegaUpload
13.05.14 > MegaUpload asks for record and movie industries’ lawsuits to be postponed until after criminal proceedings
02.06.14 > Movie studios to try to stop assets from being returned to Kim Dotcom
04.06.14 > Labels back movie studios in call for Dotcom’s assets to stay frozen
06.06.14 > MegaUpload attempts to freeze labels’ attempt to freeze MegaUpload unfreeze
23.07.14 > MegaUpload lawyers want further postponement of civil litigation
LONGER TERM IMPACT OF MEGA SHUTDOWN
07.12.12 > MPAA says MegaUpload shutdown a triumph
11.03.13 > New research says MegaUpload shutdown was effective
29.08.13 > Report claims MegaUpload helped smaller movies
18.09.13 > New paper disputes claim that MegaUpload helped mid-sized movies
NEW SERVICES: MEGA AND BABOOM
27.01.12 > Were Mega’s D2F plans behind the major labels’ attack?
14.08.12 > Kim Dotcom promises Megabox coming this year
19.10.12 > New Mega file storage platform hopes to avoid copyright liability with encryption
29.10.12 > Mega v2 to launch exactly one year after v1’s shutdown
30.10.12 > US says Mega v2 could breach Dotcom’s bail
01.11.12 > Dotcom unveils Mega teaser site
07.11.12 > Gabon minister stops the new Mega from using me.ga
13.11.12 > Mega v2 to have New Zealand domain
15.01.13 > Kim Dotcom promotes Mega via radio ads
17.01.13 > New Zealand radio firm pulls MegaUpload advertising
21.01.13 > Dotcom launches Mega
23.01.13 > Questions raised over the security of Mega’s encryption
01.02.13 > Mega moves to stop unlock code exchange
13.03.13 > Megabox could launch in next six months, says Dotcom
20.01.14 > Baboom to launch today with Dotcom album preview
15.07.14 > Kim Dotcom planning stock market flotation for Baboom
05.09.14 > IFPI takes down Kim Dotcom’s album from Kim Dotcom’s online storage service
22.09.14 > Mega hits out at inclusion in critical cyber locker report
02.10.14 > Baboom cuts ties with Kim Dotcom
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23.04.12 > RapidShare publishes responsible practices paper
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